Trenton Grade 9 Academy receives $20,000 from the Chemistry Council of New Jersey-Trentonian

Trenton – The New Jersey Chemistry Council Education Foundation recently made a donation to Trenton Grade 9 Academy to help enhance the school’s science curriculum.

The group has raised more than $225,000 since its founding in 1999 to promote and empower STEM (science, engineering, and math technology) in schools across New Jersey.

NJCCEF representatives made the school a $20,000 donation to “help outfit the school’s science lab,” according to a press release from the New Jersey Chemistry Board.

“To help motivate young students to explore and consider STEM education and careers,” the statement said, “and to complement the many other programs at the state and national levels to promote greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM education and the workforce, CCNJ staff reached out to Trenton 9th Grade Academy to discuss their needs and how we can help build their science lab.”

Science teacher Gabrielle Flora has posted an online appeal to help build the school’s science lab.

Flora said in the post, “We are a science lab without lab materials! To create a dynamic science curriculum, I need to redesign my classroom to include engaging lab simulations, learning stations, and project-based learning corners in class.”

The CCNJ release indicated that the deputy group executive director and Trenton resident, Elvin Montero, realized how close the school was to the council office, so he reached out to Flora to see how they could help.

“Through generous donations from various businesses and individuals, our foundation has been able to raise the full amount required to aid Trenton Grade 9 Academy,” the statement reads.

“I am so proud of the member companies and their employees to hear our call to help Ms. Flora’s science students,” said Dennis Hart, executive director of the New Jersey Chemistry Council. “We hope this donation will help equip the classroom that stimulates their young minds with a fully functioning science lab, allowing them to immerse themselves in real-world experiences.”

“We hope that the students will be excited about the possibilities of science and consider pursuing a career in STEM fields as they progress in their education,” Montero added.

School and administration officials met with CCNJ staff to share science lab plans and discuss opportunities for future industry collaborations.

CCNJ offers further opportunities for individuals and groups to directly support the classroom at Flora by making a donation to https://www.donorschoose.org/classroom/ms-flora.

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