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FERNDALE – Teachers and students who want to beautify and improve their school grounds may apply for Sullivan Renaissance grants through April 6. “Spruce Up Your School” grants ranging from $75 to $200 are available to school or youth groups in Sullivan County that want to plant container gardens, landscape an entrance or sign, or develop a theme project like a memorial garden.
The application process is uncomplicated and forms are available on line. Staff from the Sullivan Renaissance program is available to assist with project design.
“It is important that young people have opportunities to become involved in their communities and Sullivan Renaissance is committed to helping make that possible,” said Sandra Gerry, who chairs the Sullivan Renaissance Steering Committee. “School is where young people spend most of their time. These grants are available to help them spruce up their school grounds.”
In addition to the grant, participating schools are eligible to receive an Arbor Day tree to plant on their school grounds with the assistance of students from Tri-Valley FFA.
Sullivan Renaissance also offers a classroom workshop as part of the grant. Depending on the grade and age of the students, the workshop focuses on the following areas: community pride and volunteerism, developing the project from concept to implementation, and career exploration. All completed school projects are visited in June by members of the Sullivan Renaissance Steering Committee.
Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. Additional funding has been secured by NYS Senator John J. Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther.
Sullivan Renaissance has additional opportunities for youth to become involved in their community, including internships and scholarships. To receive a grant application or more information, contact