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Local elementary school received education grant, allowing students to succeed in STEM

Local elementary school received education grant, allowing students to succeed in STEM

TACOMA, WASH. – Elmhurst Elementary School received an education grant from Seattle’s Pacific Science Center in partnership with Google, giving students exposure to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.

The grant allowed 450 students in grades K-5 to take a field trip to the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. Inspirus Credit Union sponsored the field trip by providing staff and students with t-shirts to identify their group.

“We’re honored for the opportunity to take our students to the Pacific Science Center, so they can get a jump start in STEM education,” said Elmhurst Elementary School Principal, Carrie Adrian. “Our students have a unique opportunity to discover science beyond the classroom, and we’re grateful for the support of Inspirus Credit Union, Google and the Pacific Science Center for giving our students this chance.”

On February 13, students walked through the halls of the science center and immersed themselves in health and wellness, environmental and earth sciences, and physical sciences and engineering.  They explored the science playground to learn how an electric motor works and discovered how elements in the environment change from morning to evening, and summer to winter.

“This truly was an amazing learning experience and our students were so captivated by the different exhibits and what they learned from this field trip. We will be brining what we learned back to the classroom, and continue to work on STEM education with our students,” said Adrian.

Elmhurst Elementary School is one of eight elementary schools in the Franklin Pierce School District. Their approach to learning in a respectful, responsible and safe place allows for their students to soar in the classroom.

About Inspirus Credit Union

Founded in 1936 by a Seattle math and journalism teacher, Inspirus serves 80,000 members across Washington who share a passion for education. With $1.1 billion in assets, Inspirus operates branches in Seattle, Spokane, and Lynnwood. Its philanthropy model includes education-giveback programs that allow members to direct charitable contributions to schools in their communities. Inspirus employees donate upwards of 1,000 volunteer hours each year in support of education. For more information, visit

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