With skilled leadership and boundless energy, Lori Knowles and Melissa Kontaridis, Educational Excellence fundraising campaign co-chairs, have brought this year's campaign to a very successful conclusion. Thanks to Lori and Melissa and generous donors, Newton North science students are already using new cutting-edge tools to aid their understanding and build their skills. Some 225 generous families helped the North PTSO surpass this year's ambitious goal of $43,000 to equip the NNHS Science Department with the devices it requested. Together with corporate matching and in-kind donations, it was a banner year for the annual Educational Excellence campaign. The PTSO extends a heartfelt THANK YOU to all donors!
Juniors are already using newly purchased micropipettes in their required biology course, and seniors are using new miniPCR machines in AP Biology. Looking ahead, campaign gifts will benefit current sophomores and freshmen, and future students for many years.
Thanks are also due to the civic-minded NNHS family who provided the matching donation; Heather Haines, Science & Technology/Engineering Department chair, and other teachers, for providing advocacy; Principal Henry Turner for inspiring families to get involved; the NNHS Graphic Communications Department for their professionalism; PTSO programming vice presidents Linda Hanusaik and Elizabeth Reilly for planning and publicizing a campaign-related science program; NNHS TV Media Arts for help recording the program; and the PTSO Board for their leadership.