Awake’s After School Science Club recently received a philanthropic grant from the Berwyn Development Corp and trustee, Republic Bank of Chicago, for their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Program.

The Awake Science Club provides programming for 1st through 6th grade students to encourage interest in science, technology, engineering and math. The grant will help the club hire and train program aides.

“This is another great example of the BDC’s important work in our community. As a trustee, we are proud to contribute to this and the many other programs that are having a positive impact on our youth,” noted Diane Salemi, Republic Bank Branch Sales Manager.

Pictured are some of the club members, along with Awake Coordinator Lisa Polderman and BDC Board Members, at the ceremonial check presentation.

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