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Petit foundation sponsors course, STEM speakers

Posted: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 9:00 pm

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PLAINVILLE — Plainville High School’s science department received a $10,000 donation from the Petit Family Foundation to fund an Early College Experience in engineering, an elective forensic science course, and guest speakers.

Plainville High School will be one of only a handful of high schools in Connecticut to offer the ECE program, which earns college credits at the University of Connecticut for students who earn a C or better in the course. The high school will host three professional, female guest speakers who are successful in the fields of science, technology, math and engineering during the 2015-16 school year to inspire female students to enter those fields.

“The science department is incredibly grateful to the Petit Family Foundation for their generous gift,” said Plainville High School Science Department Instructional Leader Paris Godbout. “Students will be able to work as scientists and engineers, using top-of-the-line equipment to solve real world problems. Successful female professionals in the fields of science, technology, mathematics and engineering will serve as role models, meeting with and discussing possible career paths for our students.”

“Plainville High School’s science department is fortunate to have Paris Godbout’s leadership and talented faculty dedicated to continual growth and development in their field,” said Plainville High School Principal Steven LePage. “This very generous grant from the Petit Foundation will help our department to build our new forensics course, broaden STEM career prospects and much more. We are grateful to the Petit Family Foundation.”

The goal of the Petit Family Foundation is to continue to raise and distribute funds to fulfill their mission to help educate young people, especially those with interests in science, to help support those with chronic illnesses, and help protect those affected by violence.