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Entrepreneur’s Donation Funds O.C. Students’ STEM Education

December 15, 2021 GMT

COSTA MESA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 15, 2021--

Students at California Elementary School in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) will benefit from a local entrepreneur who is funding a special software specifically designed to improve student learning.

Plump Engineering CEO Richard Plump’s $5,000 donation will help purchase licenses to use Freckle, a software program that helps students in all core subjects. Plump is especially passionate about the future of children’s skills relative to science, technology, engineering, and math – a popular acronym dubbed STEM.

The founder of Anaheim-based Plump Engineering, Inc. will present the $5,000 check to California Elementary School Principal Ryan Longacre and students during the school’s upcoming Spirit Ceremony slated for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday December 15 th.

The Freckle program is designed for first through sixth grade students, allowing them to learn at an individual and independent pace. As students often have unique styles of learning, the program continuously adapts and provides content geared to the individual.


“The Freckle software is a tool that allows us to offer kids meaningful math experiences,” says Longacre. “In a classroom of thirty-two kids, it can be challenging to reach each individual student. All of them have varied learning styles and skill levels.”

For Plump, Math is a primary concern.

“Math is a universal language that we use every day, whether balancing a check book or engineering a new building,” says Plump. “Everyone should know the basic concepts of math.”

Plump says he knows first-hand that young people often need help securing a solid education. A self-described ‘late bloomer’ who maintained marginal grades early in his school career, he had to attend a junior college prior to earning admittance to a university.

“I blossomed late in life and now I employ 70 people,” he says. “I recognize the value of education and want the children to have this opportunity early in their life.”



California Elementary Spirit Ceremony



9:30 a.m. Wednesday December 15 th



California Elementary



3232 California Street



Costa Mesa CA 92626

Those working on deadline should call David G. Lipin @ 310.728.5222.


Founded in 1989, Anaheim-based Plump Engineering, Inc. (PEI) is a fully integrated Architecture and Engineering Firm with a dedicated and accomplished team of designers and engineers specializing in modern architecture, engineering, land surveying, and more. All design services are in-house, and we are licensed in all fifty states. When NASA needed an engineering firm to spearhead the logistics for transporting the retired Space Shuttle Endeavour through the streets of Los Angeles, the legendary space agency tapped PEI because of its stellar reputation for overcoming logistical challenges while transporting large and bulky cargo. In addition to the shuttle transfer, PEI was involved with transporting the massive Los Angeles County Museum of Art rock and large heavy equipment to the port of Long Beach and San Onofre nuclear power plant. Learn more by visiting

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