Foundation to expand C-K STEM program

CLAYSBURG – The Claysburg Education Foundation announced that it will be continuing to expand its STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) program, which has been funded by a $55,000 donation from a Claysburg-Kimmel alumni member.

The foundation has engaged the services of Nancy Gobert, a full-time STEM teacher at Spring Cove to implement the program.

In addition to the foundation board members assisting Gobert with the implementation of the program, the foundation has enlisted the assistance of others from within the school district.

Tara Woolridge is heading up the elementary school program, and Kelly Hinkledire is heading up the high school program plus other staff members who are employed by the foundation.

The initial STEM program kicked off with a Summer STEM Program attended by students in grades five through eight.

Since that time, the foundation has started an afterschool program at the Claysburg-Kimmel Elementary School for grades five and six.

Currently the program is held on Wednesdays after school for a 1-hour period.

Participation by the students in grades five and six is now more than 25 percent of the total class, and the foundation expects to see additional participation.

Besides the afterschool program, the foundation has sponsored Saturday programs in November and December to include both students and parents.

The next program for parents and students will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Others within the community interested in seeing the elementary program may attend.

A kick-off event for grades seven and eight was held on Jan. 16 at the Claysburg-Kimmel High School. The program for grades seven and eight will continue with Tuesday after school STEM programs on Jan. 19 and 26.

Future grades 7 and 8 after school classes will continue one day per week from February through April.

Hinkledire and other high school staff members will work with Gobert in implementing this program with the assistance of the foundation.

The foundation also is coordinating a science fair type STEM event with the Claysburg-Kimmel Elementary School for April 8 and 9 at the elementary school.

This event will be hands-on participation for all students in every grade and will be open to parents and the general public.

As a charitable 501(c)3 organization, the Claysburg Foundation is committed to providing individuals, organizations, and businesses the opportunity to make tax-deductible contributions to provide high quality educational opportunities for students and adults residing in the Claysburg-Kimmel School District Community.

The foundation provides opportunities for contributors to donate funds for scholarships, projects, equipment, supplies and other educational purposes that will advance the quality of education.

The foundation has applied and was approved for acceptance within the PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program.

For more information on the foundation, visit www.claysburgeducationfoundation.org or email claysburgeducationfoundation@gmail.com.