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SPRUCE UP YOUR SCHOOL GRANTS
‘Sense of Place’ Workshop at Winter Conference
January 21, 2008
[FERNDALE] – Sullivan Renaissance is offering grants to local school teachers and students who want to beautify and improve their school grounds.
The Spruce Up Your School Grant program is available to any school or youth group that wants to plant container gardens, landscape an entrance or sign, or develop a theme project like a memorial garden. Grants range from $75 to $200. Applications are due by March 3; grants will be awarded within 30 days.
In addition to the monetary support, each participant will receive an Arbor Day tree and a classroom presentation about volunteerism. Sullivan Renaissance staff and BOCES Natural Resources Management students are available to assist with project design and siting of trees.
The program is intended to engage youth in projects at their school and to promote volunteerism and community pride. Sullivan Renaissance has additional opportunities for youth to become involved in their community, including internships and scholarships. Grants of $1,000 are also offered to schools that want to enter into the Sullivan Renaissance core program.
“A Sense of Place” Workshop by Aaron Bennett of The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development will be held at the Sullivan Renaissance Winter Conference and Expo on February 9. It is geared toward teachers who might be interested in incorporating the “Sense of Place” modules into their curriculum. These four lessons promote appreciation and stewardship of the unique natural and cultural resources of the Catskill Mountains.
Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. Youth participation is supported in part with grants from the Louis R. Cappelli Foundation, and Bank of America Charitable Foundation. Additional funding has been secured by NYS Senator John J. Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther.
To receive a grant application or more information, contact Denise Frangipane at 845-295-2445 or visit www.sullivanrenaissance.org.