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4138 Steve Reynolds Boulevard
Norcross, GA 30093-3059

GMS Earth Science Education

The Georgia Mineral Society, Inc. &
The Atlanta Geological Society, Inc.
The Holly Camp and Norman Sandford Pottinger Memorial
Earth Science Education Minigrant Program

Knowing the frequent budget shortfalls in public and private education, the Georgia Mineral Society, Inc. and the Atlanta Geological Society, Inc. wish to aggressively promote Earth science education. The Holly Camp/Norman Sandford Pottinger Memorial Earth Science Education Minigrant Program intends to supplement the classroom teacher's operating budget. This money does not replace funds normally budgeted for education. The funds provide opportunities to enhance and enrich Earth science learning.

Examples of projects likely to be funded include, but are not limited to, the following:

Purchase of Mineral/Rock samples or collections
Purchase of software for Earth science subjects
Materials and expenses for classroom experiments
Computer or GPS hardware purchases
Costs associated with Earth Science field trips
Limited on-line service fees to provide geological research access to Internet resources

The Minigrant Program expects teachers and students to use the available funds for their maximum benefit. As closure for each project, a written report of maximum four (4) typed pages, a video of maximum fifteen (15) minutes, or a Power Point presentation of maximum 20 slides will be submitted to the Georgia Mineral Society Education Committee at the address below. It is suggested that the report could also be student-compiled, teacher graded, and submitted in a portfolio format. A one (1) page written summary must accompany any multimedia presentations. A presentation to a general meeting of the Georgia Mineral Society or the Atlanta Geological Society may be requested for any project.

This program is open to all elementary, middle, and high school earth sciences teachers within Georgia.

Teachers apply for the Earth Science Minigrant Program by filling out the attached application and submitting it to:

The Georgia Mineral Society, Inc.
c/o Education Chair
4138 Steve Reynolds Boulevard
Norcross, Georgia 30093-3059

Please see the application for submission and award announcement dates. For further information, please contact:

William Waggener, 404-354-8752 cell; Email:

The Holly Camp Memorial
Earth Science Education Mini-Grant Application

Click below for a mini-grant application form

Recipients of the 2023-2024 Mini-Grant Program

The recipients of the Holly Camp Memorial, Earth Science Education Mini-Grants for the 2023-2024 school year are:

Project Teacher/School
"Can You Dig it?" A. Abernathey, 3rd Grade, $179.91
Park Street Elementary School
"Mining for Gems" R. Estavan, 6th Grade, $300
Fulton Academy of Virtual Excellence
"Fall in Love with Minerals, One Rock at a Time!" M. Hilley, 6th Grade, $300
Madison County Middle School
"Geology and Lapidary Club" D. Kurt, 10th Grade, $300
Charles R Drew Charter School Senior Academy
"Weathering and Erosion" J. McDonald, 3rd Grade, $300
Norton Park Elementary School
"Earth Science Rocks! (And Minerals!)" K. Poirot, 6th Grade, $299.65
Awtrey Middle School
"Exploring plate tectonics at the Tellus Museum" M. Scott, 6th Grade, $300
Chamblee Middle School
"Soil" C. Westhafer, 6th Grade, $300
West Jackson Middle School
A total of $2279.56 was awarded in mini-grants for the 2023-2024 school year

Click here to see the past recipients of the
Earth Science Minigrant Program

Nine tenths of education is encouragement -- Anatole France
All I want is an education, and I am afraid of no one -- Malala Yousafzai

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