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Environmental Education Grants Federal Fiscal Year 2000

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Connecticut


Integrated Day Charter School
Grant Amount: $4,950
68 Thermos Avenue
Norwich, CT 06360
Contact: Joan Heffernan

Urban Ecology Project - The Integrated Day Charter School (IDCS), partnering with Eastern Connecticut State University and the CT Department of Environmental Protection, trains teachers at IDCS on an interdisciplinary environmental education curriculum for grades 4-8 tied to the state teaching frameworks. Career development materials are integrated into the school curricula. This training is used as a model for the other 13 charter schools in the state.

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Maine


French Bay Conservancy
Grant Amount: $12,000
P.O. Box 606
Ellsworth, ME 04505
Contact: Barbara Welch

With an educator, Mount Desert Island High School Students are interviewing area residents and collecting water data from local swimming areas . The students develop an educational outreach program to local officials, residents and other students to promote water quality awareness and environmental education.. The French Bay Conservancy and the Mount Desert Island Water Quality Coalition are developing a webpage on these issues. The educator works with 200 sophomore students and three teachers at Mt. Desert Island High School and 75 students and 6 teachers from Mt. Island Elementary Schools.

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Massachusetts


Boston Public Schools
Grant Amount: $4,600
New Mission High School
67 Alleghancy Street
Roxbury, MA 02120
Contact: Susie Wu

Water Quality At Home - Partnering with Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, 9th & 10th graders from New Mission High School test water samples from their homes and surrounding area. The students focus on the impact of environmental factors on water chemistry and biology.

Lower Cape Communications - WOMR FM
Grant Amount: $5,000
14 Center Street
Provincetown, MA 02757
Contact: Bob Seay

Lower Cape Cod Environmental Round Table - WOMR 92.1 FM, a non-commercial educational radio station, established an environmental Round table segment in 1997 to help expand public awareness on important environmental issues. Guest speakers and topics are based on hot environmental issues on the Cape. It is estimated that over 2,500 listeners tune into this program.

Milton Public Schools
Grant Amount: $5,000
391 Brook Road
Milton, MA 02186
Contact: Lori Henry

Neponset River Watershed Curriculum Project - Partnering with the Westport River Watershed Alliance (WRWA), MWRA, and Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, the Glover Elementary School creates a long-term interdisciplinary watershed curriculum on the Neponset River Watershed. The school purchases watershed kits and receives teacher training from WRWA. Partners make presentations to the students and help guide field trips. Eighteen teachers and approximately 415 K-5th graders participate in this program.

Patriot Girl Scouts
Grant Amount: $8,623
95 Berkley Street
Boston, MA 02116
Contact: Brenda Rich

E3 Environmental Education Experiences - Using existing hands-on environmental education curricula and methods, 60 teams, consisting of one girl scout adult volunteers and one teen peer leader, are trained on a variety of environmental topics with activities. 1,000 girl scouts are educated through these activities.

Springfield Library & Museums
Grant Amount: $4,850
220 State Street
Springfield, MA 01103
Contact: Dave Stier

River Education Awareness Program (REAP) - REAP allows urban teens (8th-12th grade) to actively participate in evaluating the historic Mill River in Springfield, MA. Students conduct water quality tests, survey the river's surroundings and sample for indicator invertebrates. Through the many partners with the Library, teachers receive training on incorporating ecosystems issues into their schedules and meeting the state frameworks. REAP consists of 2,000 students 8th -12th grade.

Swampscott Public Schools
Grant Amount: $4,018
207 Forest Ave.
Swampscott, MA 01907
Contact: Mary Bester-Colby

Adopt-A-Salmon - US Fish &Wildlife provides teachers and facilitators a full day training on ecological principals and watershed/ecosystem management. A 30-gallon salmon tank is set up in the 5th grade classrooms. Students raise salmon and learn about water quality and fish development. Fish are released when ready. Students visit a USF&W salmon hatchery. This programs reaches about 150 elementary students and 3 teachers.

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New Hampshire


Great Bay Stewards, Inc.
Grant Amount:$5,000
89 Depot Road
Stratham, NH 03885
Contact: Rebecca Buzzel

Great Bay Kids - This organization has formed the Great Bay Kids' Ecology Club. The program combines estuary-based enrichment activities for at-risk youths in 4th and 5th grades with college students as mentors. By using existing curricula available, the children learn about their environment with hands-on activities while meeting the goals of education reform.

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Rhode Island


Keep Providence Beautiful
Grant Amount: $5,000
385 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
Contact: Sally Turner

Summer 2000 Green Team Program - Forty youths (14-18 yrs old), focusing on 8 Providence neighborhoods, work with the community to raise awareness about negative environmental factors, build a sense of stewardship toward their neighborhood, and increase knowledge on how to affect change and improve environmental conditions. The youths work on issues such as litter, improper waste disposal, recycling and vacant lots.

Woonsocket Education Department
Grant Amount: $12,450
Woonsocket High School
108 High Street
Woonsocket, RI 02895
Contact: Mike Ferry

Northeast River Teacher Training - A five day hands-on teacher training workshop is held on the Northeast River Curriculum. The training focuses on increasing students' knowledge and understanding of important issues and concepts related to the river, preparing students with the necessary skills to properly investigate and report relevant information regarding the river, and inspiring students to take action and resolve problems that contribute to the overall deterioration of the river.

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Vermont


Association of VT Recyclers
Grant Amount: $4,960
PO Box 1244
Montpelier, VT 05601
Contact: Connie Leach Bisson

Regional Collaboration in Environmental Theater - This Association is widely recognized for its environmental theater troupe and original plays which have toured K-8 schools throughout Vermont for more than 8 years. The grant money is used to explore sharing the Association's resources with neighboring states. The group tours 6 elementary/middle schools, (reaching about 1,250 students and 65 teachers), educating them on environmental issues through theater. The group also hosts training for teachers to incorporate this creative form of teaching into their workplans.

Lake Champlain Science Center
Grant Amount: $23,500
1 College Street
Burlington, VT 05401
Contact: Betsy Rosenbluth

Eco-Peers Project - The Science Center and VT Institute for Science, Math and Technology work with 20 middle and high school teachers to develop and implement standards-based curriculum about the Lake Champlain basin, create water quality kits and materials, and publish the curriculum on the Science Center web page. Through all the activities planned during this grant, over 20 middle and high teachers participate, serving over 400 students each year.

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