John M. Clayton Elementary recognized nationally for empowering students

FRANKFORD – Indian River School District’s John M. Clayton Elementary School has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW LaunchTM.

Clayton Elementary is one of 214 elementary schools across the U.S. to receive this honor.

PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in schools across the U.S.

“Mrs. (Jamie) Swartz, our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) instructor and robotics coach, should be commended for earning this honor for John M. Clayton Elementary School,” John M. Clayton principal Allisa Booth said.

“Over the past three years, she has created a stellar program from scratch, providing all of our students with hands-on activities through engaging instruction. The Project Lead the Way curriculum allows our students to be creative problem solvers and innovative thinkers on a daily basis. Thanks to Mrs. Swartz, JMC students are ready for Selbyville Middle School’s STEM program as well as real world challenges!”

The PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement and achievement in their PLTW programs.

To be eligible for the designation, John M. Clayton Elementary had to offer at least two PLTW Launch modules at each grade level and have more than 75 percent of the student body participating during the 2017-18 school year.

Studies show that students decide as early as elementary school whether they like, and think they are good at math and science. Whether designing a car safety belt or building digital animations based on their own short stories, PLTW Launch students engage in critical and creative thinking, build teamwork skills, and develop a passion for and confidence in STEM subjects.

“It is a great honor to recognize John M. Clayton Elementary for its commitment to students,” said Vince Bertram, PLTW president and CEO. “They are a model for what school should look like, and they should be very proud of ensuring students have the knowledge and skills to be career ready and successful on any career path they choose.”

John M. Clayton Elementary is part of a community of PreK-12 schools, colleges and universities, and corporate and philanthropic partners across the country united around a passion for providing students with inspiring, engaging, and empowering learning opportunities.

For more information about PLTW’s recognition program, visit

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