Attention: Orange County Winners — O&R Awards Over $26,000 in Grants to Innovative STEM Classroom Projects

Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. has awarded grants totaling $26,242.69 to support classroom projects and teacher professional-development initiatives focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The  O&R STEM Classroom Grants – Pilot Program awarded 28 grants of up to $1,000  each to educators at schools (pre-kindergarten through grade 12) and youth  group leaders for the 2015-2016 school year in communities located within  O&R’s service area.  Any  creative classroom project designed to improve, advance and enrich student  learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics was considered.  Grants were awarded based on a review by the O&R Education Advisory  Council, a panel of educators and an engineer assembled by O&R expressly  for this process.O&R  President and CEO Tim Cawley said, “Because science, technology, engineering  and mathematics are integral to our business, O&R has actively supported  educational efforts centered on these fields for many years. For example,  O&R is a founding sponsor of the Science, Inventions and Technology (SIT)  Fair high school program that has been held annually in Rockland for 28 years.” He  added, “Now, we want to take that support to a higher level by each year  dedicating significant, specific resources to foster development of innovative  classroom initiatives that make these subjects come alive for students.”  The  winners from Orange County are: North Main St. Elementary School in Monroe,  $959.20; Tuxedo Park School, $999; Chester Union Free School District (Chester  Elementary), $1,000; Boy Scout Troop 4 in Woodbury, $750; Warwick Middle  School, $961.38; Minisink Valley Elementary School, $879.75; Middletown High  School Science Club, $915; Circleville Elementary School, $958.50; Chester  Union Free School District (Chester Academy High School), $650; Pine Bush High  School, $980; Middletown Day Nursery, $994.95; Anna S. Kuhl School in Port  Jervis, $907.80; Orange-Ulster BOCES Career and Technical Education Center,  $991.             One  Sullivan County school, the George Ross Mackenzie Elementary School in Glen  Spey, was also a winner of *,000 for its entry.