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Science Education Soars with Help of Grant

Suffield Middle School students continue to participate in the air museum's science program with the help of a local corporation's grant.

Suffield Middle School will keep sending students to the New England Air Museum's SOAR for Science program thanks to a $12,000 grant from the Praxair Foundation.

SOAR for Science is a unique educational program that utilizes the museum's many resources to demonstrate scientific principles. The program also complies with the state’s science curriculum, according to the museum's Web site.

“Our visits have always been valuable, and every year they continue to get better and better,” said Suffield Middle School teacher Jeff Bernabe in a statement made on the museum's Facebook page. “Thank you Praxair for your generous support of our school's mission to engage our students in relevant and exciting learning opportunities.”

The Praxair Foundation supports non-profit organizations in areas where the company operates. Donations support higher education, community service and international organizations. The foundation has supported Suffield Middle School trips to the New England Air Museum in past years.

“The museum is a valuable educational resource that is focused on improving children’s knowledge of science, social studies, geography, and technology," said museum executive director Michael P. Speciale in a written statement following a 2007 Praxair donation. "We appreciate the generous support of Praxair Inc., which will permit us to deliver this outstanding program to the Suffield students.”

Other corporations across the state have given grants to local schools to support their trips to the museum and participation in the SOAR for Science program. Hamilton Sundstrand donated a $7,500 to the Windsor Locks school system earlier this month, allowing six classes of fourth-grade students to  to participate in the program.

Praxair is a Fortune 300 company headquartered in Danbury. It provides industrial, atmospheric and specialty gases to companies around the world.

The New England Air Museum is owned and operated by the Connecticut Aeronautical History Association, which is an educational non-profit group established in 1959.

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