Updated 05/08/2012 10:10 PM
Ward's Donates Science Equipment to Brighton HS
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The Brighton Central School District publicly thanked a local company Tuesday for its donation of scientific equipment after school property was destroyed in a break-in last month.
Ward's Natural Science of Henrietta donated thousands of dollars worth of supplies to the Brighton High School. The supplies include beakers, calculators, lab coats, and a centrifuge.
The damage to the science wing happened April 27th. Police say a student broke into the school, causing tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage.
"Part of our mission is to help science teachers inspire students to explore the world and that entails providing them with the materials they need for hands-on science, but also being there to help support the teachers in whatever they need to make science happen," said Noel Vache of Ward's Natural Science. "We try to make it exciting, but if it's not even accessible, because the materials were damaged, then we need to help."
"This type of situation, instead of dwelling on the alleged negative act of one person, what has happened since is more reflective of our kids, our community, the vendors we work with, of the business community with people like Ward's," said Dr. Kevin McGowan, superintendent. "When difficult times happen, they really stepped up and showed that the human spirit, positive aspects of that, can overcome a lot of challenges."
Police did arrest a Brighton student in connection with the break-in. Eighteen-year-old Adam Putz is charged with burglary, grand larceny, and criminal mischief.