NH Partnership for Schoolyard Action Grants Announces the 2017 Grant Recipients
Concord, NH-The New Hampshire Partnership for Schoolyard Action Grants, a collaboration that supports schools wishing to link the school curriculum and their students with the local environment, is pleased to award over $6,000.00 in action grants to these schools.
- Beech Hill School, Hopkinton, NH—Building Bowers, Buffers, and Biodiversity
- Loudon Elementary, Loudon, NH—Pollinator Garden
- Westmoreland High School, Westmoreland, NH—Nature Trail and Outdoor Classroom
- Winchester High School, Winchester, NH—Nature Trail Project
- Seacoast Charter School, Dover, NH—Schoolyard Mater Plan
- Prospect Mountain High School, Alton, NH—Shade Tree Habitat
- Jaffrey Grade School, Jaffrey, NH—Schoolyard Bird Watching
- Namaste Montessori School, Goffstown, NH—Namaste Children’s Garden
These eight schools were selected from over twenty-six applicants and represent a diversity of projects from wetland buffers to trail development to pollinator gardens. Projects are underway and will be completed in 2017.
“We are excited and heartened by the dedication school staff and community members who help to make these projects happen. These educators understand nature is a powerful teacher engaging students on a deeper level” said Judy Silverberg, a spokesperson for the partnership. Students are involved in planning, creation, and maintenance of the projects. In addition, the projects incorporate the disciplines of science, mathematics and language arts.
“By working together in the Partnership for Schoolyard Action Grants, NH Audubon, NH Fish and Game, NH Project Learning Tree and US Fish and Wildlife Service are able to offer more resources to schools taking on schoolyard action projects.” said, NH Audubon President Doug Bechtel.
For educators interested in planning a project to submit for a grant in 2018, workshops on schoolyard projects and planning will be held at the NH Science Teachers Association spring conference and in early fall. For more information contact: Hilary Chapman, [email protected] or Judy Silverberg at [email protected] .