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      Kirksville Chamber of Commerce plans STEM Summit

      The Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce met on Friday to plan an education summit for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math or STEM. The chamber received $5,000 from the Missouri Chamber Math and Science Coalition that will be used to stage the event.

      Representatives from Truman State University and A.T. Still University helped secure the grant, which was approved in August. The summit will aim to provide an opportunity for area educators and business/industry leaders to get together and talk about the lack of skills in STEM fields.The goal is to encourage active participation through hands on learning and internships for college or high school students in STEM related jobs. Chamber Executive Director Sandra Williams is looking forward to the event."So the hope is from the education summit we will be able to encourage our educators and our business industry to come together to think about creative ways to enhance learning for kids at every level from kindergarten through college and even in after school programming," Williams said.The after-school programming, in particular, was a point of emphasis in receiving the grant. The summit will most likely be held on March 4 with a location yet to be determined. For more information, contact the Kirksville Chamber of Commerce.