Congratulations to Mrs. Jessica Mauro from Alburtis Elementary School. Mrs. Mauro will spark students’ imaginations with creative science and technology projects this school year – with financial support from the PPL Foundation’s Empowering Educators program.
Mrs. Mauro was among 25 educators in eastern and central Pennsylvania selected to receive $1,000 each as recipients of 2017 Empowering Educators grants from the PPL Foundation.
The Empowering Educators program is designed to help K-12 teachers provide hands-on learning opportunities to enhance the classroom experience and spark students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Lehigh Valley teachers chosen to receive grants include:
- Jessica Mauro, Alburtis Elementary School, Alburtis, for supplies to develop inquiry-based projects that create future problem solvers.
- Lori Cirucci, Broughal Middle School, Bethlehem, for supplies needed for students to design and build roller coasters, lessons that incorporate science concepts, technology, engineering and math.
- Mark Shellaway, Freemansburg Elementary, Bethlehem, to expand the school’s MakerSpace and create an after-school STEM program.
- Sean Flueso, Parkland High School, Allentown, for an interactive project that teachers students about electrical engineering.
“PPL is a longstanding supporter of STEM programs in the communities where we do business, and we’re pleased that the PPL Foundation supports these creative approaches to making STEM subjects come alive in the classroom,” said Carol Obando-Derstine, regional affairs director for the Lehigh Valley.
Since the program’s inception in 2003, the PPL Foundation has awarded more than $205,000 to more than 140 teachers in schools in central and eastern Pennsylvania. A full list is available at pplnewsroom.com.
The teams will celebrate their completed projects during a reception in June 2018.
About the PPL Foundation
Through strategic partnerships, the PPL Foundation supports organizations that are doing innovative and groundbreaking work to create vital, sustainable communities and empowering each citizen to fulfill her or his potential. The PPL Foundation contributes more than $2 million annually to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations in north and central Pennsylvania. To learn more, visit pplweb.com.