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Petit Family Foundation Grant Supports Science Program

The Middle School of Plainville has received an $8,600 grant from the Petit Family Foundation to enhance its science program, according to Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Kathleen Binkowski. The grant is the second provided by the Petit Family Foundation in support of the middle school's science program.

The initial grant proposal, developed by Middle School Science Instructor David Moore, was based on historical standardized test results and student data reflecting an increasing trend in the development of a lack of interest and confidence in science, particularly for female students. "Globally we are falling behind in science, math, and engineering. We first must change students' attitudes and perceptions, then we must provide real-world educational experiences for our students," said Moore.

The middle school science program enhancements, made possible through the Petit Family Foundation grant funding, address issues and goals that include improving student interest and engagement in science, improving student self confidence in science, and developing aspirations in students to pursue a career in science.

"We appreciate the support of the Petit Family Foundation in funding innovative science lessons. These lessons are connected to real life and encourage students to pursue science as a career. The middle school science department has excelled in this work and as a result our eighth graders lead the state on the science mastery test. This is an exceptional accomplishment," said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Kathleen Binkowski.

"The Petit Family Foundation is extremely proud to follow-up our first year's grant with a second grant to support the Middle School Science program. We are hopeful that our continued support will lead to more interest and proficiency in the sciences especially among the female students," said Dr. William A. Petit, Jr. MD.

The Petit Family Foundation honors the memories of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, Hayley Elizabeth Petit, and Michaela Rose Petit by continuing the kindness, idealism and activism that defined their lives. The Foundation's funds are given to foster the education of young people, especially women in the sciences; to improve the lives of those affected by chronic illness; and to support efforts to protect and help those affected by violence. For information on the work of the Petit Family Foundation, visit our website at, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter by searching "PFFPetit."

-Posted on September 20, 2010 at 09:49 AM

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