Local Foundation invests $15,000 in STEM education


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Courtesy Photo From left to right: Tom Cravens accepts a grant from Robin Gabbard of the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky with Regina Meehan of Perry County Schools


HAZARD — The Perry County Community Foundation has awarded $15,000 to the Hazard Challenger Learning Center to support innovative STEM education opportunities.

The Challenger Learning Center inspires and promotes creativity in K-12 students of the region by partnering with their schools to provide hands-on, interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs that supplement classroom learning and apply technical concepts in a real-world environment.

This grant will support training and introduce a new curriculum to Perry County School District elementary students called Project Lead the Way, to improve math and science test scores.

“Project Lead the Way is one of the leading partners in STEM education in the nation,” says Tom Cravens, Executive Director of the Challenger Center. “This program applies what kids are learning in fun and interactive ways, and will help them prepare for STEM jobs in the future.”

The Perry County Community Foundation has been investing in the local community since 2009. It has supported local organizations with over $1,000,000 in grants. The Foundation is dedicated to investing assets in our communities for a strong, healthy, and sustainable region.

To learn more about the Perry County Community Foundation and to learn how to apply for a grant, visit http://www.appalachianky.org/apply.html

The mission of Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky is to be a catalyst for community collaboration and charitable giving; to create permanent endowment funds as a sustaining resource to improve quality of life and place in Eastern Kentucky. Their office is in Chavies.

Courtesy Photo From left to right: Tom Cravens accepts a grant from Robin Gabbard of the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky with Regina Meehan of Perry County Schools
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