St. Mary Receives Archdiocesan Educational Fund Grant to Support a STREAM K-8 Program

St. Mary receives Archdiocesan Educational Fund Grant to Support a STREAM K-8 Program


The Archdiocesan Educational Fund awarded St. Mary Interparochial School, a grant in the amount of $33,000 for the 2019-20 academic/fiscal year. The funded program will support a sustainable K-8 STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art and Math) Program. Matthew H. McCloskey, Jr. (1893-1973), building contractor and U.S. Ambassador to Ireland (1962-64), created and funded the charitable organization in 1967 to advance Catholic education and evangelization throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. 

Beginning this school year, St. Mary Interparochial School will provide weekly “STREAM” (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and Math) programming to replace its current technology curriculum. This curriculum shift is the result of current research which suggests that in order to prepare students for the 21st Century future workforce, students need to be complex problem-solvers, critical-thinkers, and creative, empathetic and collaborative team members. Through this refocused K-8 STREAM curriculum, students will develop the skills needed to be successful through hands-on, project-based, design thinking, that emphasizes STEAM learning with the added Religious approach. We feel our commitment to advancing Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is truly aligned in partnership with the Archdiocesan Educational Fund.

We are grateful for their support and excited about the opportunities that these resources will provide to our students. Be sure that you are connected with us on Facebook and Instagram to witness our students and staff embarking on this new STREAM adventure while utilizing these new resources in action!