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FHS partners with ORNL
Farragut Foundation receives $10k for science lab

A $10,000 donation from UT-Battelle will help purchase cordless microscopes, stereoscopes and other equipment as part of a major renovation of Farragut High School’s science lab.

UT-Battelle, which manages the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has made donations of more than $300,000 to pay for microscopes, cabinets and other science equipment at some 30 schools throughout Tennessee.

Playing a key role in coordinating the effort at Farragut High School were Michael Reynolds, principal, John Ayala, science department chairman, and Lee Riedinger, associate lab director for ORNL’s University Partnerships Directorate.

Riedinger, whose two daughters are graduates of Farragut High School, noted UT-Battelle’s commitment to supporting math and science education, saying, “UT-Battelle has made a priority of helping schools refurbish their science labs, and I am pleased that we can do this for Farragut High School.”

Reynolds, Ayala and other Farragut science teachers are working with Riedinger as part of a new science advisory council that has made recommendations to the Knox County Board of Education for upgrades to the science laboratories.

“As the manager of one of the world’s premier science laboratories, UT-Battelle is committed to being the leading supporter of science education in East Tennessee. Since April two thousand, we have donated more than a million dollars to help ensure that our young people have the resources needed to pursue careers in science, math and engineering,” Riedinger said.

The $10,000 will be set up in a purchase plan arrangement wherein Farragut High School will purchase needed equipment, submt receipts to

UT-Battelle and then be


Oak Ridge National Laboratory is managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy.


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