The Education Foundation of the Chemistry Council of New Jersey donates $20,000 to support the Trenton 9th Grade Academy Science Laboratory

TRENTON, NJ – (November 18, 2022) – The New Jersey Chemistry Council Education Foundation, established in 1999, which has raised more than $225,000 to advance STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education and the many opportunities it offers who work in the chemical company officially presented the Trenton 9th Grade Academy with a $20,000 donation to establish the school’s science lab.

To inspire young students to explore and consider STEM education and careers, and to complement the many other state and national programs that promote more diversity, equity and inclusion in the STEM education and workforce , the staff at CCNJ reached out to Trenton 9th Grade Academy to discuss their needs and how we can help expand their science lab.

Science teacher Gabrielle Flora made a post on a popular website that provides funds for teachers and schools to raise funds to set up a proper science lab for their students and ensure they are able to carry out simple science experiments that Part of it is part of the curriculum, but could not take place in the current situation.

In her post, Ms. Flora wrote: “We are a science lab with no lab supplies! To create a dynamic science curriculum, I need to transform my classroom to include engaging lab simulations, learning stations, and project-based learning corners in the classroom.”

A Trenton native and CCNJ Executive Vice President Elvin Montero, recognizing the school’s proximity to CCNJ’s office, began having conversations about how we could help.

Through the generous donations of various companies and individuals, our foundation has been able to raise the full amount needed to support Trenton 9th Grade Academy.

“I’m so proud of our member companies and their employees for hearing our call to help Ms. Flora’s science students,” said Dennis Hart, Executive Director, Chemistry Council of New Jersey. “We hope this donation will help equip a classroom that stimulates their young minds with a fully functioning science lab and allows them to immerse themselves in real-world experiments.”

“We hope students will be excited about the possibilities of science and pursue STEM careers during their education,” added Elvin Montero.

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

If you would like to support Ms. Flora’s classroom directly, you can also donate to

Shown in photo from left to right: Yazminelly Gonzalez, Dennis Hart, Elvin Montero, Gabrielle Flora, Trenton School District Administrator, Michael Tofte, Mayor Reed Gusciora and Principal Dewar Wood.