How This Organization Is Bringing a New STEM Lab To Dr. Horton School In Newark

Alongside outfitting the new space at Dr. Horton School with building furniture, decor and assembling technology, employees also carried out deep cleanings and painting. The learning space was also prepared with STEM-based educational resource kits, including books and school supplies, for students to take home. 

AbbVie officials noted that a separate team of volunteers will also be engaging in beautification activities across the rest of the school’s campus, including gardening, mural painting, cleaning and organization of storage rooms and classrooms, and creating signage and messages to welcome students back to school for the upcoming 2022-23 school year.

“Heart of America is thrilled to once again be teaming up with AbbVie’s dedicated employees as we further our mission of providing quality education materials and inspiring renovated spaces,” Heart of America CEO and President Jill Hardy Heath said.

The project could also go a long way in better supporting STEM education for students at Dr. Horton School, which is located in a neighborhood that comprises mostly Latinx and African American residents.

By investing in STEM-focused resources for urban schools like Dr. William H. Horton Elementary, the initiative could help address the issue of people of color being shut out from job opportunities in the tech industry.

In 2020, TrustRadius, a business-to-business review platform, surveyed employees at both tech providers and IT organizations to review the status of people of color in the tech industry. The report found that of 1,207 respondents (53% of whom identified as people of color), only 6.8% of computing and math-related jobs are held by Black and Latinx people.

By equipping Dr. Horton School with STEM learning resources, AbbVie and Heart of America Foundation officials are providing an opportunity to more than 700 students at the school to emerge as the next leaders in the tech industry.

“Our partnership with AbbVie, now in its seventh year, has impacted tens of thousands of students across the nation by giving them access to modern resources and state-of-the-art learning environments,” Heath said.

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