Union Park Elementary is a Title I school that serves relatively underprivileged students. UPE has started renewing its educational focus on STEAM subjects which incorporates a multi-discipline approach that requires creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving. STEAM labs are maker spaces that inspire integrative learning in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM).
School Principal, Amy Klaber, made it clear that many of the top/mid-tier, well-funded schools do not have the tech/robotics needed for an impactful lab. She didn’t believe there was any chance Union Park Elementary would get the funding required any time in the near future.
That changed when The Foundation made a sizable donation to fund the development of the UPE STEAM Lab. A short time after Towne Park’s local leadership team presented the check to UPE, they returned to get an update and to see the lab progress.
The highlight of the day was the interaction with the students and hearing/seeing how excited they were to show and explain what they’ve learned and how to use the different robotics. Their knowledge, passion, interest, and teamwork were amazing to witness and it was obvious that everyone was grateful and blessed to be part of this day.
Amy shared multiple stories of students who were struggling academically, behaviorally, and/or socially that have shown dramatic improvement since gaining access to the equipment that the donation provided. The Foundation made a difference in the lives of these students. It doesn’t get much better than that.
These students have beautiful minds and hearts. Sometimes all they need is an opportunity and someone who cares. The generous supporters of The Foundation have given us a way to provide both.