EHS gets $10k for equipment

COVINGTON — Math and science students at Eastside High School now will have the opportunity to use some new equipment.

H.B. Fuller, a chemical company that specializes in the production of glue with a manufacturing facility in Covington, recently presented the school's math and science departments with grant funds for $5,000 each that will help purchase new equipment for their students.

"Eastside is a great school," said Eddie Cain, chair of Community Affairs at H.B. Fuller. "All three of my kids graduated from there ... and I'm excited to help them out."

He said he approached the school about the H.B. Fuller Key Communities Grant, a foundation grant the company uses to focus on science, technology, engineering and math.

The math department at Eastside plans to use the grant funds to purchase student response systems and calculators for a student motivational program, "It's in your hands," a proposal written by school math teacher Tim Roop.

"The focus on the ‘It's in your hands' program is to empower students to take ownership of their learning and their futures," said Bruce McColumn, assistant principal at Eastside.

The science department at Eastside plans to purchase a class set of up-to-date microscopes to enhance students' microbiology analysis, as proposed by school science teacher Kerry Stevens.

"We know the school system is running low on funds, and this is one way we can give back to the community," Cain said.