LeFLORE–LeFlore Public School has received a $4,792 grant from the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation to provide a STEM lab for grades fifth through ninth.
The grant is part of the Classroom Enhancement Program that supports activities and programs at select schools in rural Oklahoma that will improve the classroom experience for students.
“We are so pleased to have this grant,” says superintendent Bill Neyman. “We appreciate the support of the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation, as this will be a great opportunity for our school.”
Principal Diana Hames states that she is extremely excited for the opportunity afforded the students of LeFlore School in STEM education.
Becky Deatherage, who submitted and will be implementing the grant, says that grant funds will be used to purchase robotics for a STEM lab. The lab will be available to students in grades fifth through ninth.
Students will have the opportunity to design, build, test and trouble-shoot robotics while developing skills in collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving.
The Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Foundation was founded in 1995 by the late Carolyn Watson, CEO and chairman of Shamrock Bank, N.A., to improve the quality of life in rural Oklahoma Communities.
Through its two grant programs, the organization promotes education, health, literacy and arts, and the humanities in 20 Oklahoma counties. Since its inception, the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation has awarded nearly $900,000 in grants to schools, teachers and communities in rural Oklahoma.
Additionally, the Carolyn Watson Opportunities Scholarship offers awards up to $10,000 per academic year for high school seniors graduating from 62 rural Oklahoma counties to attend college. For more information, visit www.ruraloklahoma.org.
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