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Front Page - Friday, December 28, 2018

Skyuka Hall awarded nearly $50,000 to launch STEM Lab

Skyuka Hall accepts $46,575 from the Vintage C ar Rally Association to start a STEM Lab at the school. Pictured: Jeff Stumb, parent; Hudson Stumb, son; Dr. Josh Yother, Skyuka Hall head of school; and Melanie Covert, Skyuka Hall assistant principal. - Photograph provided

The Vintage Car Rally Association has awarded Skyuka Hall in Chattanooga $46,575 to launch a STEM Lab, a program for instructing students in science, technology, engineering and math.

“These funds will have a profound impact not only on our students with autism but all of the students we’re preparing to lead successful lives,” says Dr. Josh Yother, head of Skyuka Hall. “Our environment allows students to develop academically, and this is a powerful contribution to help us achieve our mission.”

Skyuka Hall is a school for students who possess the ability to learn but require a small, individualized, non-traditional setting. The school also serves students with autism, which is why the VCRA, a national nonprofit based in Oklahoma, chose the school to receive this award.

“We understand the value of educational programs such as STEM, as we have a grandson with autism,” says Rex Gardner, founder and director of the VCRA.

Skyuka Hall parent Jeff Stumb, a representative for the VCRA, was instrumental in connecting the school and the association, as were Theresa and Corky Coker of Chattanooga.

“As a parent, the positive outcomes from Skyuka Hall’s learning philosophy are evident every day, and it’s affirming to know the VCRA recognizes and supports our school’s efforts,” Stumb says. “Their selection will allow Skyuka to provide engaging tools and giving our students the best opportunity to succeed.”

VCRA’s annual Race4Autism raises funds to support schools and organizations that improve the lives of children living with autism. The Race4Autism selection committee awards schools that exhibit a need and where funds will dramatically improve education programs.

Skyuka Hall will use the funds to develop STEM labs for both the lower school and for middle and high school students. The nearly $50,000 will fund equipment like laser engraving and cutting machines, vinyl cutters, 3D printers, robotics and coding kits, film and broadcasting gear, and computers and software programs that allow students to effectively solve problems.

Instead of teaching subjects separately, the STEM Lab provides an interdisciplinary approach to learning. Skyuka plans to have the labs up and running by March.

More information: www.skyukahall.org; www.vintagecarrally.com

Source: Skyuka Hall