Nancy Arnold, treasurer of the Miller Place Robotics Booster Club said she wanted to thank the Sears Hardware Store in Port Jefferson Station for its continued support of the club through both equipment and monetary donations.
Arnold said the purpose of the booster club is to raise the required funds to allow the Miller Place High School Robotics Team and the Middle School LEGO Team to participation in nationally renowned FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Competition.
The annual competition was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Every year the robotics team needs to raise money to help make their students dreams come true and allow them to not only attend the competition but compete.
"Over the past three years the Sears Hardware organization, and it’s store managers, recognized the importance of these programs and the need to support academic related activities, which sometimes are over shadowed by the ever popular sports programs," said Arnold.
"Just this week, Mike Palasieski, store manager of Sears Hardware, demonstrated their continued commitment to community involvement and awareness by continuing their partnership with the Miller Place Robotics team for their fourth year, by donating an awesome Craftsman Standing Tool Cabinet with wheels. The cabinet sells at retail value for $322."
Arnold said the robotics team has had a hard time maintaining its status in these competitions due to very little funding from the school district. However, she said the students have become more determined then ever to raise the money.
"Fortunately, due to the generosity of those, such as Mr. Palasieski & the Sears Hardware organization, we have been successful in retaining the High School Robotics program," said Arnold.
If you are interested in help donate to the Miller Place Robotics Booster Club, get in contact with Arnold by calling the Miller Place School District's administration.