Assemblymember Cahill Recognized For Helping Rhinebeck School District Modernize Education

May 11, 2012

Rhinebeck, NY – Assemblymember Kevin Cahill (D –Ulster, Dutchess) had the opportunity to see the fruits of the Rhinebeck Science Foundation’s labor first hand when he visited the students at Bulkeley Middle School. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held to christen the new science lab erected with community donations and state aid secured by Assemblyman Cahill, distributed to the school via the Rhinebeck Science Foundation. The Laboratory includes advanced engineering tools, models and computer-aided design programs. Teachers received specialized training in places like the Rochester Institute of Technology.

“Seeing the students’ enthusiasm to participate in class and eagerness to demonstrate what they have learned was a rewarding experience,” Assemblymember Cahill said. “With the ever changing advances in technology, we owe it to our children to evolve our education system as well. The times of judging student ability by test scores alone is over. It is the hands-on experiences and critical thinking skills introduced in this new program that will help students grow and gain the necessary knowledge to be successful.”

Assemblymember Cahill was honored at the Rhinebeck Science Foundation’s Annual Gala on Saturday, May 5th at Grasemere Barns for his effort in securing several grants including $50,000 for the renovation of the science lab located in the Bulkeley Middle School. This year the district began implementing a new curriculum designed by Project Lead the Way, a non-profit group who seek to promote Science Technology Engineering and Math in schools across the nation.

“This was a crucial curriculum needed to keep our schools current and we were honored to work with Assemblyman Cahill and the community to help make this lab happen,” said Jen Hammoud, RSF president.

“This project was made possible only through the enthusiastic participation of the community, the receptivity of Rhinebeck’s Board and administration and the dedication of energetic teachers and students. I am pleased to have participated in this effort and humbled by the recognition of the Rhinebeck Science Foundation,” Assemblymember Cahill said.