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UPDATE: Ridgewood High School Alumni Donates $635,000 For STEAM Projects

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Ridgewood NJ,  a $635,000 alumni gift, the largest in the Ridgewood School district’s history was announced by the Board of the Education at Monday’s meeting.

The main difference between STEM and STEAM is STEM explicitly focuses on scientific concepts. STEAM investigates the same concepts, but does this through inquiry and problem-based learning methods used in the creative process.

The donation by 1958 RHS graduate and technology  entrepreneur Dave Duffield via the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation was designated for high school STEAM programs.

Duffield is cofounder and former chairman of PeopleSoft, and cofounder and chairman of Workday, Inc.

The donation known as the Duffield STEM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) Initiative, was presented Monday night by The Ridgewood High School Alumni Association (RHSAA) to the Ridgewood Board of Education.

The Ridgewood High School Alumni Association President Bill McCabe and Past President Tara Augustine made the announcement .

14 thoughts on “UPDATE: Ridgewood High School Alumni Donates $635,000 For STEAM Projects

  1. Ridgewood education system could use a bit more focus on sciences. Current curriculum is woefully inadequate. That has been a consistent feedback from my neighbors whose kids finished or finishing RDWD high. This is a shame especially since sports and communications skills – focused programs are so good. But 2 out of 3 isn’t enough to prepare kids for the future.

  2. Looks like the alumni association is raising real money, while the Ed foundation is busy in politics.

  3. Thanks Dave!

  4. Your child can be doing meaningful work by 12 and be on a clear path to success by 18. No school. No college.

  5. Great news and a generous gesture. Let’s hope the intention of this grant doesn’t get hijacked by all of the politically correct BS that’s currently loose in the curriculum.

  6. It’s easier to “teach” *preach* social justice religion than teach science. Way too many “educators” with skills to deliver the former. Few qualified educators of the latter.

  7. But will the moneys be used to make Ridgewood kids more woke? What about the intersectionality of trans, Latino and lgbt? How about “BIPOC”?


  8. Today’s WOKE RHS graduate will NEVER create something as groundbreaking, innovative and successful as PeopleSoft or WorkDay.

    Sad, Just Sad.

  9. Too bad the money is going to STEAM, not STEM

    The “A” will be the driver to suck all the money into teaching a woke, progressive agenda…

  10. Anonymous, you are absolutely correct. The Ed Foundation is useless. Alumni Association is the future.

  11. Ok I’ll bite.
    Is it STEM, which makes sense, or is it STEAM, which is borderline lunacy?
    We are a nation with too much “A” and not enough “STEM”
    I hope there is a typo somewhere.

  12. I’m a current, long-time RHS teacher. The place is depressing: mandatory critical race theory, systemic racism, curriculum is HERE.
    No dialogue. The union defacto controls all, and we chant “tradition of excellence” like on Orwell’s Animal Farm.
    When your children insist that you’re racist, now you know why.

  13. Put it all intO Kaufman’s ITDC

  14. I disagree about the Ed. Foundation. It’s good for RPS to have multiple organizations raising private money to support the schools. The HSA organizations are another tremendous fund raising source. These monies raised help make our schools great. Don’t disparage any of them. Ridgewood is lucky to have all.

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