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Empire Elementary gets Rotary grant to raise test scores

The Carson City School District is pleased to announce Empire Elementary School as the winner of a $5,000 Grant from Carson City Rotary to hold four (4) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Parent Nights at their school. Nearly a dozen applications from teachers and teams of teachers were received for this competitive grant.

With this grant, Empire Elementary School plans to generate excitement and exposure for STEM throughout the school and community by allowing students, teachers, families and local residents to explore STEM together in a fun and educational way, said Adrienne Wiggins, STEM coach at Empire Elementary School. We are hoping to build a strong home-to-school connection by providing engaging activities, bringing in community partners and allowing students to showcase their STEM projects during these events.

“We know the importance of STEM education for all students, but we know it is even more important for our population,” Wiggins said. “Of the 500 students at Empire, 75 percent are minorities who are English Language Learners. We are also a Title 1 school, so all of our students receive free breakfast and lunch. This means our students are already at a disadvantage.” But by providing these educational nights, we will teach our families how to more effectively support learning at home.

Empire Elementary School must be willing to share the results of their work via a presentation (that includes pictures, video, etc.) to the Rotary Club of Carson City during a regularly scheduled lunch meeting in June of 2020.

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