The Savannah River Site's liquid waste contractor recently announced it is accepting applications for educational grants from public elementary schools in the area.

According to a recent press release, Savannah River Remediation – or SRR – will be taking applications for grants until March 20. The grants are Student, Teacher Achieving Results – or STAR – grants and will be awarded directly to the elementary schools.

The grants are supposed to provide funding for science, mathematics and technology instructional kits that are used to help students achieve next-level learning through the use of manipulatives and problem-solving.

Schools that are considered eligible to apply include public elementary schools in Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Edgefield and Orangeburg counties in South Carolina, and Columbia and Richmond counties in Georgia.

Teachers who are interested in applying should contact their school principals for more information. Winners of the grants will be recognized at a reception in May in Aiken. A reception date or location has not been confirmed yet.

Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard. He joined the paper in June. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and a graduate of Georgia Southern University. Follow him on Twitter @DerrekAsberry.