S.T.E.M. School Benefits from Local Business
Hi-Lume Corporation presented the Jack Abrams S.T.E.M. Magnet School with a “big check” in the amount of $13,036.00, which represents the total funds raised at the company’s 50th Anniversary celebration and fund-raising event. James Sutherland, President of Hi-Lume Corporation, made the presentation to James Polansky, Superintendent of Schools for the Huntington Union Free School District, as well as to students from the S.T.E.M. Magnet School’s fourth grade class.
“We are pleased and proud to accept this generous donation from Hi-Lume Corporation, a staple of the Huntington business community and a strong supporter of the District,” said Mr. Polansky. “These funds are very much appreciated and will be used to furnish our science lab with additional microscopes, balances, and other needed tech equipment.”
A graduate of Huntington High School, Mr. Sutherland was glad to see the former Huntington Intermediate School re-purposed as a real-world learning center. “The school district took lemons and made lemonade,” said Mr. Sutherland. “There are great people and businesses in Huntington Station, and the establishment of the S.T.E.M. School adds to that positive image. That’s why we were more than happy to raise some money for its programs with the help of our clients and vendors. We see this as a positive investment in not only the school but the community.”
Hi-Lume Corporation, a commercial carpentry company, was established in 1963 and is located at 20 Railroad Street in Huntington Station. Hi-Lume is part of the Sutherland Building Group, which also includes Metro Interior Distributors, Inc., a building goods supply company; Liberty Doorworks, Inc., a door and hardware supplier; and W.J. Northridge Construction Corporation, a general contractor and construction management firm.
The Jack Abrams S.T.E.M. Magnet School, at 155 Lowndes Avenue in Huntington Station, welcomed its inaugural class of third, fourth, and fifth grade students in September 2013. The school’s curriculum features a heightened focus on the S.T.E.M. disciplines – science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Photo above : James Sutherland, President, Hi-Lume Corporation; fourth grade students Brian Maldonado, Josue Feliciano, Sam Hebert, Caroline Gorecki, Charlotte Cheshire, and Katherine Torres Paguaga; James Polansky, Superintendent of Huntington Union Free School District.