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Little Ferry Philanthropist Honored By Ramapo College Foundation

Donald Nuckel flanked by his daughter Shaelyn and his son Donald at the Rockleigh Country Club during the Ramapo College Foundation's Distinguished Citizens Award.
Donald Nuckel flanked by his daughter Shaelyn and his son Donald at the Rockleigh Country Club during the Ramapo College Foundation's Distinguished Citizens Award. Photo Credit: Cindy Capitani

LITTLE FERRY, N.J. -- Little Ferry resident and developer Donald Nuckel was honored by Ramapo College Foundation at the Rockleigh Country Club for his efforts in bringing an innovative educational program to the Little Ferry school district.

Last year, as part of his Better Education Starts Today (BEST) initiative, Nuckel provided over $150,000 to Little Ferry schools to start a new Science Technology, Engineering Mathematics (STEM) program for all children from Pre-K to eighth grade.

“If we do not start moving forward with programs like STEM we are hurting our educational standing compared to other countries, Nuckel said in a statement. “If we do not capture our edge in the global setting we will become a second tier nation. This program is the first in South Bergen County and it my intention to move it to other South Bergen towns and making the investment in our children.”

Nuckel described the importance of making the children of Little Ferry understand the importance of the environment in which they live while having fun learning about science. He also stressed the importance of the entire family getting involved with the STEM Program through the Family Science Nights that have been created as part of this program.

This program will be a joint venture between the Board of Education, Ramapo College and Bill Sheehan the Hackensack Riverkeeper. Nuckel will fund the program and will also establish an Ambassadors Program for college students that will assist in the Corps of Cadets programs.

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