O&R Awards 19 Rockland County Schools' STEM Projects Grants Totaling Almost $16,000

41 Innovative STEM Projects Win O&R Grants Totaling More Than $35,000

O&R today awarded grants throughout its service area totaling over $35,000 to support 41 creative, cutting-edge classroom projects that focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Projects from 19 Rockland schools were awarded almost $16,000.

The winning projects featured subjects ranging from drones, robotics and hydroponics to solar and wind power studies, forensics and humming birds.

O&R's STEM Classroom Grants provide up to $1,000 each to educators at schools (pre-kindergarten through grade 12) and youth group leaders for the 2018-2019 school year in communities located within O&R's service area. That encompasses: Rockland and parts of Orange and Sullivan counties in New York and parts of Bergen, Passaic and Sussex counties in New Jersey.

A complete list of this year's Rockland winners is at the end of this press release.

Talented, hard-working, thoughtful teachers have crafted ambitious, interesting, ingenious, sparkling lesson plans that sizzle. These out-of-the-box proposals are designed to challenge students to think, plan, act and achieve — and have fun doing it.

View a video of the Classroom Grant Program in action.

O&R President and CEO Robert Sanchez said, "This year's winning proposals are impressive in their scope, their sophistication and their application. They are certainly well designed to educate, guide and train, but they also engage, entertain and inspire. Those are all the hallmarks of a successful program."

Since the program's inception four years ago, O&R has awarded 134 STEM Classroom Grants Grants totaling nearly $123,000.

The grants were awarded based on a review of teacher-submitted proposals by the O&R STEM Education Advisory Council, a panel of educators and engineers assembled by O&R expressly for this purpose.

Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies. O&R is a regulated utility. It provides electric service to approximately 300,000 customers in southeastern New York State (where its franchise name is Orange & Rockland) and northern New Jersey (where it’s Rockland Electric Company) and natural gas service to approximately 130,000 customers in New York.

In Rockland, 19 grants were made totaling almost $16,000. The 2018 winners are:

  • A. MacArthur Barr Middle School – Nanuet – Kerry Taylor
  • Clarkstown Central School District – New City – Christina Amendola
  • Evans Park Elementary School – Pearl River – Karen Kormusis, Megan Vanden-Bulcke
  • Fieldstone Middle School – Thiells – David Guerrieri
  • Fieldstone Middle School – Thiells – Mark Milisci
  • Fleetwood School – Chestnut Ridge – Janella Simpson-Luna
  • Haverstraw Elementary School – Haverstraw – Beverly Carlton-Carter
  • Haverstraw Elementary School – Haverstraw – Letitia Politi
  • Hempstead Elementary School – Spring Valley – Erin Higgins
  • Lincoln Avenue Elementary School – Pearl River – Kimberly Ulrich
  • Little Tor Elementary School – New City – Jennifer Schelling
  • Pearl River Middle School – Pearl River – Annmarie Lentini
  • Rockland Teachers’ Center Institute – West Nyack – Gregory Montague
  • St. Dominic’s School – Blauvelt - Paul Siragusa
  • Stony Point Elementary School – Stony Point – Jennifer LaBier
  • Viola Elementary School – Suffern – Lynn Hammond, Christine Druss
  • West Nyack Elementary School – West Nyack – Dean Gianakouros
  • William O. Schaefer School – Tappan – Carol Kuhn
  • Yavneh Academy – Monsey – Carol Hirschhorn