Press Release – For Immediate Release
Lisa M. Marchi, Director of Development & Communications
Berkshire South Regional Community Center
The Robbins-de Beaumont Foundation Awards $20,000 to Berkshire South for 2015 STEAM Initiative
In support of its commitment to the work of Berkshire South Regional Community Center, the Robbins-de Beaumont Foundation has approved a grant of $20,000 for 2015. The contribution will help to launch the Community Center’s STEAM Initiative in Out-Of-School programming for the year.
The concept began as STEM focusing solely on the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and was later amended to become STEAM, incorporating “A” for the arts as an integral component of fostering creative, cutting-edge thinking and problem solving. Afterschool and summer programs implementing STEAM initiatives are a means to encourage, educate and prepare today’s youth to eventually pursue careers in STEAM-related fields, such as computer occupations, healthcare and other technology-related industries.
“The Center understands that children are inquisitive, creative, and wanting more,” noted Center Executive Director Jenise Lucey. “Our STEAM Initiative will spark in those we serve a passion for the sciences today and creativity that will carry them into the future.” Berkshire South is honored to receive Robbins-de Beaumont funding for a third consecutive year and is most grateful for the Foundation’s embrace of the STEAM approach to education. Lucey concluded, “We deeply appreciate their confidence in our work.” In conjunction with the STEAM Initiative, the foundation is providing the funds needed to install a shade system in the Center’s courtyard as well as curriculum specific equipment. This structure will essentially create an outdoor classroom where those we serve will be able to fully embrace STEAM programming.
The mission of Berkshire South Regional Community Center is to build a sense of community and common purpose throughout the region, and to enhance the recreational, educational, cultural, health and social well-being of the residents of the Southern Berkshires. Berkshire South is a non-sectarian, non-profit organization open to all, regardless of ability to pay.
For more information, please call (413) 528-2810, go to www.berkshiresouth.org, or pay us a visit at 15 Crissey Road in Great Barrington.