Lawrence Township Ed Foundation Awarded Grant from BMS to Foster Engineering Education

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    Left to Right: Kevin Van Hise (President, Board of Education); JoAnn Groeger (Board of Education); Carolina Simao (LTEF Board of Trustees); Mary Pancoast (Acting Assistant Director, Office of Instructional Services at LTPS); Kristin Burke (Supervisor of Instruction for Math & Science for Grades K-6);Karen Faiman (Executive Director of LTEF); Amy Davis (President of the Board of Trustees of LTEF) & Andrew Zuckerman (Acting Superintendent, Lawrence Township Public Schools).

    Lawrence Township Education Foundation (LTEF) has secured a generous grant of $24,000 from Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) to providea year-long, professional development opportunity for K-5 LTPS educators. This grant will bring consultants from The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) at Stevens Institute of Technology to Lawrence Township during the 2018-19 school year. This program will increase teachers’ knowledge of engineering education standards and will benefit more than 1800 students in Lawrence Township.

    “This grant will support our K-5 teachers by deepening their understanding of the engineering standards within the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science. They will have the opportunity to enhance their skills needed to foster student-centered, inquiry-based learning. We are very grateful for the support of BMS,” said Kristin Burke, Supervisor of Instruction for Math & Science for Grades K-6 for the Lawrence Township Public Schools.

    “Bristol-Myers Squibb is committed to investing in STEM education in our communities and help teachers in the delivery of a dynamic STEM curriculum,” said Johanna Mercier, head of the U.S. Commercial organization at Bristol-Myers Squibb. “We are proud to support the students and teachers of Lawrence Township and to help foster a passion for engineering, science, technology and math at an early age.”

    Karen Faiman, Executive Director of the Lawrence Township Education Foundation (LTEF), Amy Davis, President of the LTEF Board of Trustees, and Carolina Simao, LTEF board member presented the grant to the Lawrence Township Public Schools at the Board of Education meeting on July 25, 2018.

    Amy Davis, President of the Board of Trustees of LTEF stated, “We are extremely fortunate to have the ongoing support of BMS. Their grants allow us to achieve our mission and enhance the educational experience for all Lawrence Township public school students.”  LTEF is a nonprofit organization that fosters educational excellence, creativity, and achievement in the Lawrence Township Public Schools. Through grant requests from teachers and school administrators, LTEF funds programs that will have a substantial and lasting impact on Lawrence Township public school students.

    For more information about the Lawrence Township Education foundation, please visit their web site at www.ltefnj.org or e-mail at info@ltefnj.org.

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