Hill AFB, others give $1.7 million boost to Davis schools for STEM education

Friday , March 17, 2017 - 5:30 AM

MITCH SHAW, Standard-Examiner Staff

LAYTON — The Davis School District just got almost $2 million richer.

The Department of DefenseHill Air Force Base and the Northrup Grumman Foundation, are donating $1.7 million for STEM education at Northridge and Syracuse High Schools.

In a press release, Hill spokesman Micah Garbarino said the money will fund the schools’ participation in the National Math and Science Initiative College Readiness Program. The program is designed to help students from military families succeed in advanced coursework in math, science and English.

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Hill and the defense department are contributing $1.2 million, with Northrup Grumann donating $250,000. The base is also investing an additional $250,000 in a partnership with the State of Utah STEM Action Center to expand STEM programs in the Davis County area.

In an email, Davis School District Public Relations supervisor Shauna Lund said is the first time this kind of grant has been awarded in Utah.

Garbarino said the schools were selected based on their large population of military dependents.

The check presentation will be made at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 17, at the Syracuse High School auditorium, locateda at 665 S. 2000 West.

You can reach reporter Mitch Shaw at mishaw@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @mitchshaw23 or like him on Facebook at facebook.com/mitchshaw.standardexaminer/.

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