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Bio-Med STEM School Ravenna Campus Receives $25,000 Gift

Students to design playground made possible through a donation from the Burbick Foundation

Bio-Med STEM School Ravenna Campus, a new public school opening this month to fourth and fifth graders, received a $25,000 donation from the Burbick Foundation. The gift was made to fund a playground that will be built on the school’s new Ravenna campus ― formerly occupied by Fortis College. As part of the STEM school’s curriculum, students will design and plan the new playground.

When the school opens its doors Aug. 12 it will mark the STEM school’s first-ever fourth and fifth grade students. Its founding school, Bio-Med Science (Upper) Academy ― a STEM+M school for grades 9 through 12 ― is located on the Northeast Ohio Medical University’s campus, and its Lower Academy for students in grades six through eight is located in Shalersville.

On Aug. 7, Ron and Joan Burbick, along with Michelle Hartman, executive director of the Burbick Foundation, presented a check to Natalie Mikesell, COO (principal) of the Bio-Med STEM School Ravenna Campus.

“The Burbick family are community builders who have shown tremendous dedication to Portage County,” said Mikesell. “We’re so excited to have their support and create something unique for our students.”

About Bio-Med Science Academy

The Academy is a member of the Ohio STEM Learning Network, an organization committed to helping the state of Ohio inspire and train the next generation of science and technology leaders. The Academy is a tuition-free public high school open to all Ohioans. With the support and resources of NEOMED, the Academy is the first rural STEM school in Ohio and the first STEM school in the nation to be located on the campus of a medical university. Visit


For more than 40 years, Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) has worked in collaboration with its educational, clinical and research partners to successfully train health professionals and medical researchers who serve and impact the region and beyond. The University trains students in a team-based, interprofessional environment and offers Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degrees, in addition to master’s and doctoral degrees and research opportunities in other medical areas.

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