In the fall of 2004 we lost a strong supporter within our science community. Marilyn Reiner, a retired High School science teacher from Pearl River HS passed away unexpectedly. She elevated the standards for high school students by creating an additional competition for the top nine students at the Tri County Science & Technology Fair. She was the president of the Westchester Section of The Science Teachers Association of New York State and worked tirelessly on the Tri County Science & Technology Fair.
January 2005, The Putnam Children’s Discovery Center started a fund in her honor, and the monies raised will be utilized solely for science activities for children. The Discovery Center reaches children in Putnam, Rockland,
Westchester, Dutchess and Orange counties in New York State.
The programs that currently will benefit are:
Tri County Science & Technology Fair, an annual event for grades K-12. The best and the brightest students exhibit
their projects competing on a regional level. Three of the best researchers on the high school level go on to the NYS competitions.
Hands On Science, a program (grades K-8) that takes place in school for students interested in science. The program offers several hands on activities and the children work with a teacher in small, informal groups where questioning is encouraged.