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Desert Sage Elementary School Receives Grant from RedBuilt


Boise, ID – Desert Sage Elementary School announced today that it is the recipient of a $7,500 grant from Project Lead The Way (PLTW) to implement the organization’s premier career learning science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum for its students.  This new grant was made possible by a generous donation from RedBuilt, an engineered wood products company headquartered in Boise.

PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the United States. Through PLTW’s pathways in engineering, computer science and biomedical science, K-12 students learn problem-solving strategies, critical and creative thinking, and how to communicate and collaborate with hands-on learning and activities that reflect real-world scenarios and careers.

“The demand for STEM knowledge and skills is not going away—it’s getting stronger,” said Lisa Hahle, Principal of Desert Sage Elementary School. “It’s absolutely wonderful to be able to introduce our students to this lifetime learning pathway and help them develop the skills they will need to succeed in the future.”

Funds from the grant will be used specifically to start Desert Sage Elementary School’s PLTW Launch Program. It will cover program expenses such as annual program fees, teacher professional development, and required classroom equipment and materials.

Kurt Liebich, CEO of RedBuilt, said his company will contribute beyond the donation. He said his company plans to lead fundraising efforts to support the grant, create unique hands-on opportunities, and participate in schoolwide events, along with plans to form a partnership with PTLW to help mentor students, liaise with local officials, identify professional development opportunities, and provide supplies and equipment.

“This unique partnership we’ve built with Desert Sage Elementary will hopefully grab the attention of young students,” Liebich said. “Today’s jobs require a more enhanced skill set, and STEM are where more and more of the opportunities will be tomorrow.  We believe strongly in the PLTW curriculum as it inspires students to seize these opportunities by embracing the subjects, and pursuing the careers, that will be the backbone of our economic future.”  

According to PLTW, studies show that students decide as early as elementary school whether they like, and think they are good at, math and science. Recognizing that K-5 students already have the qualities of great makers and innovators, PLTW Launch taps into students’ exploratory nature, engages them in learning that feels like play, and encourages them to keep discovering and embrace failure.

“Project Lead The Way is committed to a transformative educational experience that empowers students to prepare for and thrive in an evolving world,” said PLTW President and CEO Vince Bertram. “We are grateful for the truly unique corporate partnership demonstrated by RedBuilt. Their approach, which involves not only expanding access to PLTW programs in their local community through monetary support, but also the engagement of company leaders and associates, sends a clear message. They are committed to career learning and to strengthening their community. In so doing, they will help spur the creation of tomorrow’s innovators.”

For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit pltw.org or contact Jennifer Cahill, PLTW senior director of media and public relations, at jcahill@pltw.org.

About Project Lead The Way
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. Through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in an evolving world, and provides teachers with the support and resources they need to devote more time to inspiring students. PLTW programs can be found in over 9,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit pltw.org.

About RedBuilt
RedBuilt™ is a leader in the design, manufacture, and support of proprietary engineered structural wood products for commercial applications. Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, RedBuilt operates four manufacturing plants and more than 30 design and sales offices throughout the United States. The company delivers innovative, leading-edge engineered wood products and building systems for commercial and multifamily applications, as well as a wide range of concrete forming and shoring and scaffold plank solutions. RedBuilt products include open-web trusses, Red-I I-joists, RedLam LVL and all of the complementary components, as well as product engineering and technical on-site support. Learn more at www.redbuilt.com