Sep 25 2003
Wes Hickman (202 224-5972) and Kevin Bishop (864 250-1417)WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) extends his congratulations to the employees of Bridgestone/Firestone’s Aiken County Plant for being selected by “Industry Week” magazine as one of the ten best manufacturing facilities in North America in its 14th annual Best Plants competition. “The employees at Bridgestone/Firestone are to be congratulated for this great honor,” said Graham. “An achievement such as this comes only when people work together as a team, constantly improving practices and making use of innovative technology. I have seen first hand the dedication and commitment to excellence the men and women have at this plant.” “South Carolina is proud to have this world class facility in our state. It is state-of-the-art, and is one of the cornerstones of the economy in the region.” The top ten plants were selected from over 240 facilities nominated between October 2002 and March 2003. Nominated plants reported practices and performance in such categories as benchmarking, community involvement, customer and supplier relations, employee relations, environmental and safety programs, inventory management, manufacturing operations and flexibility, market results, productivity, quality and use of technology. The Bridgestone/Firestone plant in Graniteville has won several other awards including: OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program "Star" Site 2002 South Carolina Governor's Quality Award 2002 Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing ####
Sep 25 2003
Wes Hickman (202 224-5972) and Kevin Bishop (864 250-1417)WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the South Carolina State Ports Authority in Charleston will receive an $864,807 grant to improve port security. The funds will be used to purchase emergency responder equipment, detection equipment, physical security enhancements, interoperable communications equipment, and patrol vehicles including watercraft. “Port security is one of our top concerns in South Carolina,” said Graham. “We have a responsibility to protect the employees, visitors and residents who may be at risk should an emergency situation occur at the port. Additionally, the Charleston Harbor plays a key role in the economy of the Southeast and the nation. We must do all that we can to help ensure the safety of our harbors.” The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Sep 25 2003
Wes Hickman (202 224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864 250-1417)WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Florence School District 3 will receive a $3,194,611 Early Reading First grant. Early Reading First supports the development of early childhood centers of excellence that focus on all areas of development especially on the early language, cognitive, and pre-reading skills that prepare children for continued school success and that serve primarily children from low-income families “This is a great investment in the future of our children,” said Graham, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. “Early childhood education is vitally important to the successful academic and social development of students. This grant will help Florence County schools prepare young children for future academic success.” The Early Reading First program is one part of the No Child Left Behind Act, designed to improve education for all students in America. Grants are designed to help early childhood centers improve their programs, creating centers of excellence that provide young children with language and cognitive skills and an early reading foundation. Funds must be used to: Enhance children's language, cognitive, and early reading skills through professional development for teachers. Demonstrate language and reading activities developed from scientifically based reading research. Provide preschool-age children with cognitive learning opportunities in high-quality language and literature-rich environments. Use screening assessments to effectively identify preschool children who may be at risk for reading failure. Improve existing early childhood programs by using scientifically based reading research to improve all aspects of the program (including instructional materials, teaching strategies, curricula, parent engagement, and professional development). The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. ####
Sep 25 2003
Wes Hickman (202 224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864 250-1417)WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Rock Hill School District 3 will receive a $123,670 grant to improve foreign language education programs. The funds will be used to develop German, Spanish and French foreign language instruction for grades 3-5. The program will serve as a pilot for developing and implementing a new elementary foreign language curriculum via distance learning. The school district will start the program at three sites, each focusing on one of the target languages. At the completion of the three-year grant period, the district will expand the program to twelve other elementary schools. “As our global community continues to grow, foreign language skills will become more important to succeeding in business and foreign relations,” said Graham. “These programs will help Rock Hill schools develop students with the skills necessary to become tomorrow’s leaders.” The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. ####
Sep 24 2003
Wes Hickman (202 224-5972) and Kevin Bishop (864 250-1417)WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced school districts in Charleston, Georgetown, Richland, and York will receive federal grants to improve emergency response plans in schools.
- Charleston County Public School District will receive $430,738.
- Georgetown County School District will receive $109,731.
- Richland School District 2 will receive $242,310.
- Rock Hill School District 3 will receive $249,900.