Namedropper, Jan. 28
Grant supports project Johnson College joined forces with McNichols Plaza Elementary School during the school’s STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) Night series. The college received a $8,991 grant from the Robert Y. Moffat Family Charitable Trust for a STEM Outreach Expansion Project to bring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts to school-aged children in Northeast Pennsylvania. Students, including Ryan Weng and Johnny Montoro, fourth-graders, and Fiona Weng, fifth grade, worked with littleBits, inventive kits provided by the college, to create circuits similar to flipping a light switch, ringing a doorbell and controlling volume on a radio, according to Johnson, adding each combination of circuits produces a different outcome and has a real-world application for young children to understand. McNichols Plaza teacher Amanda Montoro was excited to welcome the college to the school, which also recently received a Race to the Top for Education grant that focuses on parent involvement and inspired STEAM Night. “Our love of STEAM education led us to develop a plan of having four STEAM Nights this year where parents could come out with their children and experience STEAM for themselves,” Montoro said. “STEAM programming is important for children of all ages.” The school will host another STEAM night for grades prekindergarten to second-grade students. “Our goal is to have local students become familiar with STEM at a young age and find value in these principles so they can better understand career opportunities and goals throughout elementary and into high school,” said Tracey Pratt, manager of development at the college. Members of the Johnson College STEM team include Katie Leonard, president elect; Rick Fornes, director of innovation; Emily Holmes, counselor & manager of disability services; Kristin Alfieri, accounting analyst; Lauren Kukawinski, coordinator of development; and Maggie Marino, finance manager. Survivor designs holiday card Cancer survivor Angela Ceccarelli designed the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s annual holiday card. The card features a vintage pick-up covered in snow and hauling presents and luggage with a Christmas tree in the background. Ceccarellihas been a photographer for the past 31 years and is the owner of Angela Ceccarelli Photography in Mayfield. She battled and survived lobular carcinoma. Every year, the cancer institute invites a local cancer survivor to submit artwork for the cover of a holiday card that is sent to over 700 individuals and organizations. Ceccarelli was named Wedding Photographer of the Year by the Valley Advantage and has two children, Tanner and Cody. The cancer institute recently presented Ceccarelli with a recognition plaque highlighting her photo. High notes Society of Irish Women members, including Mauri Kelly, Silvia Passeri, Colleen Berry, Mary Kate Hart, Diane Jeffers, Patty Jones and Cathy Wechsler, society president, are busy planning the organization’s Top of the Morning Brunch and fundraiser. The brunch kicks off the St. Patrick’s Day season for the society and will feature bloody Marys, mimosas and beer. The event will be held on from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Waldorf Club. Tickets are $20 and include drinks and brunch. For tickets, contact Wechsler at 570-954-1711.