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Fourth graders in the Northeast STEM Starter Academy’s (NSSA) afterschool program at the Benjamin Turner Middle School in Mount Vernon on Tuesday got a surprise visit from Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas and a host of other dignitaries including BCW President and CEO Marsha Gordon interested in seeing the workings of this special science program.

Visitors were impressed with the students’ math explorations, part of an enhanced learning program which also includes science and robotics. NSSA, a BCW member, received a grant from the Westchester County Youth Board to use enhanced math, science, computer coding, robotics instruction and mentoring to drive meaningful, educational change for underserved, at-risk students in Mount Vernon and throughout the county.

“Seeing these children so engaged and excited to learn (about ratios!) was an uplifting start to the New Year,’’ said Gordon, who attended the tour. “NS