City's first S.T.E.M. school fundraises for new lab

Published: May. 6, 2017 at 6:00 PM AKDT
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One Anchorage School is celebrating its 50th anniversary and kick off to the next 50 years as the city's first "S.T.E.M." (Science Technology Engineering and Math) school.

Campbell Elementary School held a fundraiser on Saturday full of family fun and food in hopes of raising money for a new lab.

The school is attempting to raise about $15,000 to provide equipment and materials.

Michelle Johansen, principal, said the school will continue to hold fundraisers and apply for grants to help pay for the lab, especially during a time of education cuts across the board.

"We have all of these budget cuts and so even though the school district loved the idea of our STEM lab and embraced it, and made us the first STEM school in Anchorage, we still have to do a lot of fundraising," Johansen said. "They don't have the funds to fully fund us to what we need, so it's important for us to get that money from the public."

Johansen said the school lost 2 teachers for next school year due to budget cuts.

The lottery list is expected to be lengthy for next fall.