Trenton Ninth Grade Academy receives $20,000 from Chemistry Council of New Jersey – Trentonian

TRENTON – The New Jersey Chemistry Council Education Foundation recently made a donation to Trenton’s Ninth Grade Academy to strengthen the school’s science curriculum.

Since its inception in 1999, the group has raised more than $225,000 to promote and strengthen STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Math) in schools across New Jersey.

Representatives from NJCCEF presented the school with a $20,000 donation to “help establish the school’s science laboratory,” according to a news release from the Chemistry Council of New Jersey.

“To encourage young students to explore and consider STEM education and careers,” the press release reads, “and to complement the many other state and national programs that promote greater diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM education and in the workforce, CCNJ staff reached out to Trenton 9th Grade Academy to discuss their needs and how we could help expand their science lab.”

Science teacher Gabrielle Flora has asked online for help expanding the school’s science lab.

Flora said in the post: “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.”

CCNJ’s publication said that the group’s assistant manager and Trenton native, Elvin Montero, recognized how close the school is to the council’s office and reached out to Flora to see how they 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,” the press release reads.

“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 Montero.

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

CCNJ offered other ways for individuals and groups to directly support Flora’s classroom by donating to https://www.donorschoose.org/classroom/ms-flora.

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