ROBERSONVILLE, NC – South Creek Middle School announced today that it will receive a new grant of $ 20,000 from The project paves the way (PLTW) to implement the organization’s first career learning program and better prepare their students for future success.
This grant was made possible through a donation from Flagstone Foods, one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of private label healthy snacks in North America. Flagstone Foods operates three factories, including one in Robersonville, which employs 525 associates locally.
“We are thrilled to support one of our local schools by enabling them to deliver this ‘best in class’ STEM program from Project Lead The Way,” said Robert Scalia, CEO of Flagstone Foods. “We are exposing our next generation to the vast career possibilities that exist in STEM fields and hopefully inspire a love for these critical topics. STEM is essential to our operations here in Flagstone, from the food scientists who develop our products to the packaging science we rely on to serve our customers. With this donation, we are embarking on a long-term partnership to open doors for these students and have a profound impact in our community. “
Starting in the 2021-2022 school year, South Creek Middle School will offer PLTW Gateway. PLTW is a non-profit organization that provides transformative classroom and learning experiences for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. South Creek Middle School reaches over 12,200 schools across the United States providing opportunities for a better future for all students. Grant funds will be used to cover annual program fees, teacher professional development, and required classroom equipment and materials.
“The Lead The Way project will help schools in Martin County open doors for students at South Creek Middle School that we wouldn’t be able to open on our own,” said Dr. David Fonseca, Director of Martin County Schools. “Flagstone Foods is a great community partner, and we are so grateful that they share our vision to invest in the future of Martin County. “
Middle school is a time of exploration, a time when students discover what excites them today and how it relates to who they will become tomorrow. Through PLTW Gateway, South Creek students will not only develop knowledge and skills in areas such as computer science, engineering and biomedical sciences, but will also develop essential skills such as problem solving, thinking critical and creative, communication, collaboration and perseverance.
“PLTW is proud to be associated with inspiring students to excel in math and science,” said Dr. Vince Bertram, President and CEO of PLTW. “Together, we empower millions of young people to become inspired problem solvers. We’re passionate about equipping the next generation of students with the in-demand, actionable knowledge and skills they need to grow, no matter what path they choose.
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a mission-driven organization transforming the learning experience for millions of K-12 students and thousands of teachers across the United States. -a curriculum that uniquely prepares students for life beyond the classroom through computer science, engineering, and biomedical sciences. PLTW’s teacher training and resources help teachers engage their students in real-world learning. More than 15,000 programs in more than 12,200 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information on PLTW, visit pltw.org.
About Flagstone Foods
Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota Flagstone Foods is a leading private label manufacturer of snack nuts, culinary nuts, trail mixes and other nut-based snacks serving the nation’s leading retailers in club, mass, grocery, of drugs, limited assortment and convenience. The company also manufactures ingredients for commercial use, provides contract manufacturing services to branded food companies, and offers a wide range of value-added services including consumer information, global sourcing, product advice. core and product development.