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Penn-Mont receives STEM grant

Courtesy photo Taking part in a check presentation from First Energy Corp. to Penn-Mont Academy are (from left): front row — Winston Stapelfeld, Raegan Beers, Elliot Zajac and Chloe Jabbour; back row — Beverly Green of First Energy, Rachel Cahill-Itle, John Bouassaf, Samira Patel, Connor Okonak and James Sheehan.

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Late last year, Beverly Green, manager of external affairs at First Energy Corp., presented a check to Penn-Mont Academy for a new grant project titled “Energizing Students through Enrichment and Reinforcement.”

The project will impact students pre-kindergarten through sixth grade and allow them to learn at their own pace.

Penn-Mont’s Makerspace coordinator, Rachel

Cahill-Itle, will use the funds to purchase the Osmo Genius Kit, Osmo Coding Family and Pizza Co. smart apps intended to help students develop skills relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Students will start with very basic letter and number recognition smart apps, and develop into computer coding and programming. Student progress will grow as the student’s independent skills grow.

Penn-Mont students will showcase their newly found skills to family and friends on Penn-Mont STEM and Museum nights.

Overall, this new program will assist Penn-Mont students in further developing their skills in the Makerspace Prototyping classroom “Innovation Station.”

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