2017-01-26 / Community News

STEM Academy receives support from foundation

The Biddeford Education Foundation’s Board of Directors voted to contribute $10,000 to the Biddeford School Department’s STEM Academy. The foundation’s mission is to provide resources outside the normal school budget to augment teaching, encourage academic excellence, and maximize opportunities for students K-12.

The STEM Academy provides students a project-based, student-centered pathway for those interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It allows them opportunity to engage in STEM coursework, enjoy early enrollment and specialized advising and earn a STEM-endorsed diploma. The diploma tells employers and post-secondary schools that students are qualified and ready for the challenges of STEM careers. As Biddeford’s articulation agreements grow each year, the goal is for STEM Academy students to enroll in college with sophomore standing.

“We are grateful to the Biddeford Education Foundation’s Board and those who have supported academics throughout our schools,” said Superintendent Jeremy Ray. “Funding continues to be a challenge for public schools and this foundation opens doors for Biddeford youth to engage in opportunities that otherwise would not be available to them.”

Biddeford Education Foundation appreciates the individual and business donors who have contributed to date and will continue to raise funds throughout the year to support other initiatives that meet their mission. It held its first inaugural Pillars of Pride event last fall to honor two generous community partners and longtime contributors to learning, Roland Eon and Jim Godbout. Other funding sources recently received for the STEM Academy include grants from the Cohen Foundation, Toshiba America Foundation and Walmart Foundation.

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