Special Projects

Partners In Education with Columbia Public Schools:  Partnership with Benton Elementary School

Our branch is a Partnership Friend with Benton Elementary School in Columbia.  The school is a STEM school, and we are supporting this goal.  STEM, the abbreviation for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, puts the emphasis on problem-solving and critical thinking skills.  Children at STEM schools focus on learning that inspires them and exposes them to a variety of career opportunities.  This is a particularly important move as Benton is a school wide Title 1 building.  Over 90% of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch.


Benton STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Elementary is very excited to be Partnering with AAUW to promote and enhance the new STEM Centered Learning Program.
In September 2011, and again in September 2012, members participated in Benton’s STEM Showcase to help peak the curiosity and interest of the students, families, and community.

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Columbia AAUW, represented by Alice Reese (left) and Marianne Fues (right) stand with the fourth grade class from AAUW’s Partnership Friend, Benton Elementary School, at The Museum of Art and Archaeology.