Funder Fun Day lives up to its name

On March 10, ITEC held its first Funder Fun Day to celebrate all of the remarkable funders who have helped build ITEC’s programs and support STEM education in Lansing.

The event was held at Lewton Elementary School, a site that holds iMath classes twice a week. The funders, along with the ITEC board of directors, listened to presentations from an iMath tutor, instructor, and iMath students.

James shared how inspiring it is to see students excited about their grade improvements after initiating a new iMath standard that urges each student to attain a percentage of correctness at or above seventy. ITEC Executive Director Kirk

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Riley, iMath instructor and Michigan State University graduate student James Holly Jr., iMath site coordinator Justine McCauley and fifth grade iMath students Diamond and Trey. The presentations expressed the impact funders make by contributing to ITEC.

“The most enjoyable aspect of the iMath program for me, is witnessing the students’ increasing excitement about their escalating percentage of correctness,” said James. “While some students are still struggling to meet each standard, most are excelling beyond our requirements.”

Diamond and Trey talked about how they planned to use their STEM skills in their future careers as a fashion designer and computer programmer, respectively.

It’s important that we start getting kids excited about STEM skills at an early age,” shared Funder Fun Day guest and Capital Region Community Foundation CEO Dennis Fliehman. Fliehman see supporting ITEC as an important focus in the community.

The first Funder Fun Day was a great way for everyone involved in ITEC to interact and become more aware of the amazing things happening in ITEC classrooms everyday.

“We were pleased to give our supporters a chance to see ITEC in action and to hear firsthand from our students and tutors,” said Kirk Riley. “Thank you to all of them who came to Lewton!”

Fliehman added, “There’s this pipeline that’s not filling the needs and we need to fill that pipeline so kids will be excited about STEM. They’ll be able to get good jobs and help build their economy in Michigan.”