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Area teachers benefit from Colbert donation

"I thought if we could get the cotton ones and tie dye them it'll be something I can teach about chemistry, the chemistry of color," said Cathy Bouras. "I could tell them about the reaction with the cotton fibers and they would have something to wear." "I thought if we could get the cotton ones and tie dye them it'll be something I can teach about chemistry, the chemistry of color," said Cathy Bouras. "I could tell them about the reaction with the cotton fibers and they would have something to wear."

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - When Stephen Colbert immediately granted $800,000 to nearly 1,000 different teacher crowdfunding projects in South Carolina, teachers in the Pee Dee received emails delivering the good news.

"My deadline was going to be the end of May," said Cathy Bouras, a chemistry teacher at South Florence High School. "I was trying. I was sending out emails, doing all kinds of stuff, putting it on Facebook and all of a sudden it's like wow, there it is. I've got it. Yay!"

Nearly 20 projects on donorschoose.org from teachers in Florence School District One received funding. Bouras said she's going to use the money to buy new lab aprons for her students because the plastic ones fall apart easily and also turn them into a science lesson.

"I thought if we could get the cotton ones and tie dye them it'll be something I can teach about chemistry, the chemistry of color," she said. "I could tell them about the reaction with the cotton fibers and they would have something to wear."

Also thanks to the donation, Southside Middle School will have an introduction to photography elective next school year complete with digital cameras for the students to use. The class aims to teach students about reading through analyzing pictures.

"Students will be able to use pictures that they both analyze and take themselves to analyze in order to understand things like mood and tone," said Nathaniel Schermerhorn, an English language arts teacher at Southside Middle School.

Michael Gambrell, a third grade teacher at Greenwood Elementary, is also looking for creative ways for students to learn about reading and writing. He created a crowdfunding page to get more reading comprehension games for students to play in the classroom and his request was fulfilled.

"Children just love to be doing and so if they can show what they are learning, it helps them," Gambrell said.

Horry County Schools, Florence County School Districts Three, Four and Five as well as Marion County and Darlington County Schools Districts also had teachers who received funding.

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