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 winners are:

Rockland County
Clarkstown North High School – New City – Matthew Schuchman - $1,000
Cornell Cooperative Extension – Stony Point – Betsy Rodman - $1,000
Fleetwood Primary School (East Ramapo School District) – Chestnut Ridge - Elaine Damiano - $995.59
Highview Elementary School – Nanuet – Anna Sexton - $1,000
Hudson Valley P-TECH – Piermont – Yahira Festa - $1,000
JCC Rockland, Inc. Deborah Koenig Early Childhood Center – West Nyack – Rachel Kurland - $960
The Montessori Center of Nyack – Nyack – Harriet Teplitzky - $199.65
North Rockland Central School District – Garnerville – Nicole Jessie - $1,000
North Rockland CSD/ Fieldstone Middle School – Garnerville – David Guerrieri - $996
Peace Unlimited Corp./Peace Through Place Nursery School – Chestnut Ridge – Alan Berger - $907
Stony Point Elementary School – Stony Point – Jennifer LaBier - $1,000
Thiells Elementary School – Thiells – Jessica Munich - $1,000
William O. Schaefer School – Tappan – Randi Nerkizian - $959.85
Willow Grove Elementary School – Thiells – Rickey McGillicuddy - $948.45

Orange County
Anna S. Kuhl School – Port Jervis – Scott Reichert - $1,000
Burke Catholic High School – Goshen – David Bernhardt - $800
Greenwood Lake UFSD/Greenwood Lake Middle School – Monroe – Alex Vinelli - $952.17
Monroe-Woodbury Middle School – Central Valley – Timothy Lyons - $1,000
Thevenent Montessori School – Highland Mills – Susan Avenengo - $995.95
Tuxedo Park School – Tuxedo Park – Allyson Smith - $1,000

Bergen County
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

Pike County.
Delaware Valley High School – Milford – Steve Rhule - $900