The district's growing science and engineering initiative got a boost
from a $5,000 donation from the Berkshire Bank Foundation, presented at the
grand opening of the bank's Niskayuna branch on July 24.
The bank celebrated the grand opening of the Niskayuna location, which is in the Ingersoll Home at Mansion Square, with a ceremony that included bank officials and local dignitaries. Superintendent Susan Kay Salvaggio, Science Director Jackie Carrese, teachers Carl DeCesare and Mary Hanchar, and Niskayuna students were there to receive the check at the event.
Niskayuna school leaders and teachers have been working to develop a growing number of opportunities for study, hands-on experiences, and exposure in the rapidly growing "STEM" fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Given the creative and visual nature of these fields, the district uses the acronym STEAM, with an "A" for Art.
The Berkshire Bank donation will be used to further the initiative at fourth and fifth grade.
"On behalf of the Niskayuna Central School District, I would like to welcome Berkshire Bank to the Niskayuna community and express our appreciation for this contribution to our schools," Superintendent Susan Kay Salvaggio said. "This donation will help the district continue its tradition of success and build upon the momentum of the STEAM initiative. It will provide hands-on experiences that excite students about possibilities in science, engineering, and their futures."