OSWEGO – Several of Oswego City School District’s youngest students have been gifted increased opportunities to learn about science, technology, engineering and math.
Thanks to the generosity of Exelon Generation’s Nine Mile Point and James A. FitzPatrick stations, 34 “The ABC’s of S.T.E.M.” educational kits have been delivered to kindergarten through second grade teachers to supplement students’ learning with take-home lessons.
The kits are the brainchild of Karyn Burns-Gerling, a Central New York resident who wanted children to better understand skills they’re good at, career awareness and other highlights related to STEM fields.
OCSD Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey extended his appreciation to Exelon, on behalf of the school district, because the company has been an excellent partner in education.
Funding the STEM kits is “another example of how they contribute to the success of our (students),” he said.
Each kit comes equipped with a teacher folder full of materials and instructions, while take-home folders are prepared for each child in a student-of-the-week format.
Each student in the designated classrooms, including a few in third grade, will take the kit’s STEM bag, cards, book, homework log and a family-inspired activity list home to complete.
By week’s end, students will finish an all-about-me STEM-style poster.
All the posters will be mailed back to Exelon with notes of thanks from each class.
During the recent kit distribution at OCSD’s central offices, Pete Orphanos, site vice president at Nine Mile Point, said it’s tough in his business to find employees who have the aptitude who want to and can work in Exelon’s plants.
He has hoped that through the STEM kits, Oswego’s youngest residents will help them break that mold.
Exelon has also volunteered some of its employees to work with OCSD students in classrooms on STEM-related activities.
Carrie Plasse, OCSD executive director of elementary education and accountability, said principals of Minetto, Riley, Leighton, Kingsford Park and Fitzhugh Park elementary schools will plan out other specific uses of the kits in the coming weeks.