BURRILLVILLE – A local elementary school’s parent/teacher association was among 30 nationally to be awarded a $1,000 grant to connect families with engaging hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math activities.

The Steere Farm Elementary School PTA won the the National PTA Spring 2021 STEM + Families Propelling Our World Grant. The funding, sponsored by  Huntington Ingalls Industries, will be used to connect families with engaging STEM activities.

The grant program is one of five new awards announced in November by the national association.

“In response to our changing world, National PTA is developing PTA Programs at Home, which will offer engaging, educational and fun activities for all students and their families—with or without access to technology,” a release noted.

Steere Farm, a Pascoag-based school serving students in grades 2 through 5, was the only PTA in the state to receive the organization’s Families Propelling Our World grant. The only other PTA in Rhode Island to receive funding through any of the five new awards was Holliman PTA in Warwick, which received a Healthy Hydration grant.

The National PTA is expected to publish specific program materials in January with guidance on how the recipient can use the STEM-based grant.

“The goal of the STEM + Families Propelling Our World program is to inspire students and families to become more interested in STEM, and more specifically in the skilled trades, and eventually consider careers in these fields,” the program notes.

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