PHS SCIENCE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GRANT FROM PETIT FAMILY
By Community Contributor davisl
University of Connecticut
The Plainville High School Science Department has received a
grant from the Petit Family Foundation to support a number of projects,
according to Principal Steven LePage.
The $10,000 grant will allow Plainville High School to be
one of only a handful of high schools in Connecticut to offer an Early College
Experience (ECE) in Engineering, which ultimately earns college credits at the
University of Connecticut for those high school students who earn a
"C" or better in the course. In addition, the grant provides funding
for the high school's Science Department to add Forensic Science as an elective
course offering. Finally, as a result of the grant, Plainville High School will
host three professional female guest speakers who are successful in the fields
of science, technology, engineering or math during the 2015-16 school year.
"The Science Department is incredibly grateful to the
Petit Family Foundation for their generous gift. 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," said
Plainville High School Science Department Instructional Leader, Paris Godbout.
"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. 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 most grateful to
the Petit Family Foundation," noted LePage.
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 to help protect those affected by violence.