Bergen County Winners — O&R Awards Over $27,000 in Grants to Innovative STEM Classroom Projects

Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. today awarded grants totaling $27,267 to support classroom projects and teacher professional-development initiatives focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The O&R STEM Classroom Grants program awarded 27 grants of up to $1,000 each to educators at schools (pre-kindergarten through grade 12) and youth group leaders for the 2016-2017 school year in communities located within O&R’s service area. There were 60 grant applications.

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 STEM Education Advisory Council, a panel of educators and engineers assembled by O&R expressly for this purpose.

O&R President and CEO Tim Cawley said, “The successful projects were thoughtful and ambitious, interesting and ingenious. The teachers brought hard work and great enthusiasm to crafting their proposals. These instructors challenge their students to think, to plan, to act and to achieve. The lessons these students learn here will serve them well throughout their lives.”
Last year, O&R made STEM Classroom Grants to totaling over $25,000 to 27 schools and youth education groups in the O&R service area in Orange Rockland, Bergen and Pike counties.

The Bergen County winners are:

Academies at Gerrard Berman Day School – Oakland – Robin Kelly and Sheila Barbach - $1,000
Coolidge School – Wyckoff – Jigisha Vyas, Nicolas Jacobus, June Weissman - $895.08
Demarest Middle School – Demarest – Bridget DiMartini - $1,000
Eisenhower Middle School – Wyckoff – Marc DeBlock - $1,000
Harrington Park School – Harrington Park – Nancy Jakubowyc - $1,000
Memorial Elementary School – Montvale – Debbie Katz - $971.55
Northvale Public School – Northvale – Jodi Sardanis - $999.34
Ramsey High School – Ramsey – Holly Falcone - $786.37