MAC Mini-Grant 2015 Winners
First Cycle (April 2015)
Mini-Grant 1: "Wareham Middle School Outdoor Classroom Cranberry Bog"
Abstract: The cranberry industry is one of the largest industries in Wareham, Massachusetts. As part of a year-long theme “Exploring Our Community”, 7th grade students from the Wareham Middle School Steam Academy have been learning, designing, and planning to build an outdoor classroom cranberry bog for the entire school community to utilize and for the extended community to enjoy.
Audience: STEAM Academy (7th grade) now, full school community (pre-K through 12) long-term.
Grant money will fund: 24 10’ 4x4 landscape timbers, 10 stone benches @ $50
Project Duration: April 1, 2015 to June 25, 2015
Contact: Julie Walker, Wareham Middle School, 4 Viking Drive, Wareham, MA 02571
Mini-Grant Award: $1,000
Mini Grant 2: "Camp Street Community Garden Kick-Off"
Abstract: In September 2015, Worcester Roots, a non-profit organization, will strengthen its Nuestro Huerto project by working with the Canterbury School to host approximately 45 fourth graders for a one day event in order to educate, encourage and engage students in community gardening. One of the activities we have planned for that day is making smoothies out of local, fresh produce for the students. We are requesting $141 to purchase those organic ingredients from local farmers that we cannot produce at our own community garden. Our kick-off event will facilitate the incorporation of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Curriculum Framework into the 4th grade classrooms at the Canterbury Street Magnet School in a fun and memorable way.
Audience: 45 4th graders, low-income youth in larger community.
Grant money will fund: locally sourced, organic food that we cannot grow ourselves for smoothies for the students to try
Project Duration: One day event in the 2015- 2016 calendar year
Contact: Amanda Barker, Founder, Nuestro Huerto, 4 King Street, Worcester, MA 01606
Mini-Grant Award: $141 to Canterbury School in Worcester
Mini-Grant 3: "Get Growing Going at Roosevelt Elementary School"
Abstract: The Roosevelt School started a school garden last year that was destroyed by the winter snow. We seek to rebuild and expand the garden as an outdoor classroom for students to learn about the propagation, care and production of plants for enjoyment and sustaining of life.
Audience: 172 K-grade 1 students.
Grant money will fund: Tool shed and compost bin
Project Duration: April 1 through November 21, 2015
Contact: Elizabeth Thomas, Roosevelt Elementary School, 253 Vinton Street, Melrose, MA 02176
Mini-Grant Award: $620
Second Cycle (September 2015)
Third Cycle (November 2015)