Elementary Schools Receive STEM Grants

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HOWELL – Howell Township’s Memorial Elementary and Adelphia School were each awarded a grant from the Walmart of Freehold to be used for STEM projects. Memorial received $500 and Adelphia received $1,200.

According to Ray Gredder, principal of Memorial, the $500 grant was applied for on behalf of Catie Milchman. The funds will be used to supplement a flexible seating environment.    “Many classrooms are moving to a flexible seating environment and research, although relatively new on the subject, does support the claim that flexible classrooms produce greater student achievement,” Gredder told The Howell Times.

With this grant, Milchman and the Memorial administration will work together to purchase the appropriate materials to get the project rolling.

“We are certainly thankful to Catie Milchman for taking the time to apply for this grant as well as thankful to Walmart of Freehold for their commitment to their local community,” Gredder added.

At Adelphia School, the $1,200 grant was applied for by Amanda Vogelei, the Media Specialist, according to principal Daniella Palazzolo. The funds will be used to purchase flexible seating and STEM materials for the Media Center at Adelphia.

“Incorporating STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, into all learning experiences allows for student-led inquiry and discovery through hands-on experiences which create pathways to 21st Century Teaching and Learning,” said Palazzolo.

Palazzolo noted that both she and Vogelei are excited to begin the STEM expansion project. “Kudos to Mrs. Vogelei for receiving this grant and thank you to Walmart for their commitment to supporting educators,” she added.