As students at Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School head into their final four months of the academic year, they are just as excited as they were on opening day last September. The program continues to gather steam and break new ground behind a core of dedicated teachers.
The STEM school has garnered the affection of many in the community, including a generous nearby benefactor. Hi-Lume Corporation, located around the corner from the school on Railroad Street in Huntington Station, has donated more than $13,000 for use in supporting the academic program, which has captured the fancy of students.
The donation marks the first time a local business has raised funds for the new school. Hi-Lume President James Sutherland came to Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School last week to present a large ceremonial check to a group of enthusiastic fourth grade students and Huntington Superintendent James W. Polansky.
The donation, which totals $13,036, represents monies raised during Hi-Lume’s 50th anniversary celebration last fall. The district welcomed the partnership with the local company and school officials have repeatedly expressed their gratitude for the contribution.
“We are pleased and proud to accept this generous donation from Hi-Lume Corporation, a staple of the Huntington business community and a strong supporter of the district,” Mr. Polansky said. “These funds are very much appreciated and will be used to furnish our science lab with additional microscopes, balances and other needed tech equipment.”
The Jack Abrams STEM. Magnet School welcomed its inaugural class of third, fourth and fifth grade students last September. The school’s curriculum features a heightened focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.
A graduate of Huntington High School, Mr. Sutherland was pleased to see the former Huntington Intermediate School re-purposed as a real-world learning center. Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School is expanding next year as several sixth grade class sessions are being added to the program.
“The school district took lemons and made lemonade,” Mr. Sutherland said. “There are great people and businesses in Huntington Station and the establishment of the STEM school adds to that positive image. That’s why we were more than happy to raise some money for its programs with the help of our clients and vendors. We see this as a positive investment in not only the school, but the community.”
Hi-Lume Corporation, a commercial carpentry company, was established in 1963 and is located at 20 Railroad Street in Huntington Station. Hi-Lume is part of the Sutherland Building Group, which also includes Metro Interior Distributors, Inc., a building goods supply company; Liberty Doorworks, Inc., a door and hardware supplier; and W.J. Northridge Construction Corporation, a general contractor and construction management firm.