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$1 million Mansfield grant boosts South Tama STEM

“Project Lead The Way” Benefits

October 4, 2019
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

For the next 10 years the South Tama School District's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program- "Project Lead the Way" - will be backed by a $100,00 grant yearly from the Mansfield Foundation. A chief part provides for a classroom and teacher devoted to STEM at the Middle School in Toledo.

The elementary school is provided with space devoted to STEM in its library and the high school has resources directed to the science department as part of the grant funding.

"STEM education is a priority at the state level , especially as we prepare our students to be successful in the 21st century," Middle School Principal Ben Adams says. " We cannot thank the Mansfield Foundation enough for their dedication of resources to help improve STEM in the South Tama School District."

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Adams - McFate

Morgan McFate is the STEM teacher now in her second year at the middle school. The grade level focuses are 6th- design and modeling course; 7th- robotics; and 8th- app creations. In the eighth class period of the day the STEM program is a requirement for all middle school students.

The Mansfield Charitable Foundation continues to provide funding for a large variety of projects locally. A total of $242,300 was earmarked this year and divided to benefit Toledo and Tama ambulance services,Wieting Theatre Phase II, Tama Civic Center remodeling, STC scholarships and the Tama Historic District.

Wesley Mansfield was a Boone County Neb., native who became a successful businessman in Tama and Belle Plaine.

The Foundation was created in 1984, and mainly funded from the estates of Wes and his wife, Irene, in the late 1980's.

Among their Tama enterprises were ownership and operation of the King Tower One-Stop and Mills Theatre.



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