July 10, 2020

Whiteknact School receives STEM grant from Rep. Gregg Amore

School receives PhRMA Grant today


The setting earlier today, Monday February 24th, was the Emma G. Whiteknact School in East Providence for the announcement of an educational grant. A press release was issued by Tiffany Haverly of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). “Today, Rhode Island State Representative Gregg Amore joins Jessica Frasco, director of advocacy and strategic alliances of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), to announce a new educational grant for Emma G. Whiteknact Elementary School to support the school’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. In addition to announcing the new funding support, Ms. Frasco and Representative Amore met with students to talk about furthering their STEM education and the many opportunities to apply those skills in the pharmaceutical sector.”

This STEM Talent Pipeline Grant will support Whiteknact Elementary School’s Focus on First curriculum for first-grade students, which includes a strong focus on science, technology, and engineering. As part of this new curriculum, the school will be offering students Project-Based Learning Experiences in these subjects. Students will have the opportunity to create, design, develop, and engineer solutions to real-world problems.

“I have seen firsthand the dedication of educators here at Whiteknact Elementary School. They are committed to offering students unique learning opportunities that will get them excited about the STEM fields. I want to thank PhRMA for supporting our students and the East Providence community,” said Representative Gregg Amore.

Representative Amore addressed kindergarten and first grade students and staff about the definition of and need for STEM education in schools. Amore bantered with the students and also acknowledged that this is public school awareness week.

“PhRMA represents the nation’s top biopharmaceutical research companies that allow America to remain a leader in innovation and breakthroughs. Programs like this will encourage students to build an interest in the STEM fields early,” said Jessica Frasco. “PhRMA is proud to support Whiteknact Elementary School and its dedication to offering students high-quality STEM education.”

“We are excited to offer our first-grade students this exciting opportunity to learn more about the STEM fields and develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The importance of getting our younger students interested in these subjects can’t be emphasized enough. Thank you to PhRMA and Representative Amore for supporting our students,” said Laurie Marchand, Principal.

“I would like to thank PhRMA and Representative Amore for their support of Whiteknact Elementary School’s students,” said Joshua Pereira, President of the Whiteknact Elementary School Parent Teacher Association. “This grant will help us offer our students hands-on experiences in the STEM fields.”

Also attending the grant announcement today was Superintendent of schools Kathryn Crowley, Assistant Superintendent of Schools Sandra Forand, Assistant Principal Greg McCarthy and East Providence City Councilman-at-Large Bob Rodericks. The grant is in the amount of $2,000.


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