Cypress Ridge Elementary School (CRES) commemorated its 20th year of serving the community by opening Lake County’s first Discovery Science Center. The local science enrichment center will be available for field trips and general admission on designated days.

This initiative strengthens CRES’s commitment to DREAMS, an expanded STEM curriculum. DREAMS stands for Digital Readiness, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Science.

The Animal Walk display is presented by Cypress Ridge Elementary School Principal Dale Delpit

CRES principal Dale Delpit’s dream began when he visited the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. He was inspired by the hands-on science experience and returned to CRES with a vision to create a science center that would ignite the minds of kids.

After two years of dreaming, fundraising, and planning, the new Lake County Discovery Science Center (DSC), located on the campus of Cypress Ridge Elementary School, located at 350 East Avenue, Clermont, is open. The DSC has been funded by the Lake County School District, the Education Foundation of Lake County, corporate sponsors, and private donations and grants. The staff and faculty of Cypress Ridge Elementary School developed the exhibits and activities.

On Tuesday, January 30, DSC proudly celebrated with an Open House.

The STEM program at the Discovery Science Center (DSC) offers an inexpensive in-county field trip with hands-on experiences that are correlated to grade level standards. The trips will be used to introduce or reinforce concepts students will explore during the year.  The DSC staff will tailor class trips to fit the needs of each grade level during guided lessons. In addition, students will have time to explore and experience the DSC exhibits.

Field trips will include Reading, Thinking, Talking and Writing.  Most trips will be held from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm (due to school bus schedules). The cost of the trip is $5.00/ student.  There is no change for adults. An outside space and picnic tables are available for lunches.

CRES is currently looking for sponsors to bolster their available funds. It is the school’s hope that sponsors will leave a lasting legacy by purchasing engraved bricks with personal inscriptions. The bricks are being used as a walkway. When the walkway is complete, it will be plain to see, brick by brick, what happens when a community comes together.

Bricks are available for $100 for a four by eight-inch brick. It will have space for three lines, eighteen characters per line.

The net proceeds from all brick sales will go towards bettering the Discovery Science Center’s exterior displays and exhibits.

If interested in sponsoring or for additional details, contact Principal Dale Delpit through email at

Chris Boylan,President-Elect Kiwanis Club of Clermont and Dale Delpit, Principal CRES.

The Kiwanis Club of Clermont recently purchased a Dedication Brick for the school’s Discovery Science Center.