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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>

Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2003 16:41:30 -0400
Subject: [r5news] EPA awards Michigan environmental education grants
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For Immediate Release
No. 03-OPA143

EPA awards Michigan environmental education grants

CHICAGO (Sep. 4, 2003) -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5
recently awarded $26,026 in grants to four Michigan organizations
proposing  innovative environmental education programs.

Receiving federal funds are Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Detroit; Community
Action Agency, Hillsdale; Michigan Technological University, Houghton; and
Wildlife Unlimited, Holland. The recipients were among 20 organizations in
Region 5 splitting $198,700 in grant money this year. More than 100
proposals were received from groups in the Region 5 states of Illinois,
Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

"The competition for educational grants is fierce, so congratulations go
out to all the recipients," said Region 5 Administrator Thomas V. Skinner.
"EPA considers education critical to maintaining the progress we've seen
in protecting our environment."

The grants are awarded yearly under the National Environmental Education
Act, which was passed in 1990 to stimulate environmental education by
supporting design, demonstration and communication projects conceived by
local organizations.

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-    $2,500 to Capuchin Soup Kitchen (1820 Mt. Elliot St., Detroit), for a
"Kids for the Bees" project which will build on an existing honey bee
apiary program. The educational component promotes the fields of
entomology and apiculture science for students of selected Detroit public
grade schools. Students learn the importance of honey bees, honey bee
anatomy, bee hive management and honey production. Through hands-on
projects in the classroom and out in the field, students learn about bee
habitat, natural pest management and the importance of honey bees to the
human food system and natural environment.

-    $5,000 to Community Action Agency (3251 Beck Road, Hillsdale) that
will enable some 300 middle and high school students to visit public parks
along Bean Creek near their schools. Younger students will write about an
aquatic bug of their choice while older students search the water for
macroinvertebrates. Additionally, students conduct a natural features
inventory of aquatic and native plant species at all public parks along
Bean Creek. With that information, the watershed planning committee will
develop a Web site containing a virtual tour of the watershed and pocket
map identifying the park and public-access sites. The flip side of the map
will detail native plants and aquatic life found at the sites.

-    $4,892 to Michigan Technological University (1400 Townsend Drive,
Houghton) for its "Kids Make a Difference" program, which will provide a
framework and incentive for K-12 students, teachers and youth groups to
develop projects that promote environmental education, community service
and environmental enhancement. School classes and youth groups select an
environmental topic to study and teach others or design and implement an
action project that will address environmental issues in their community.
Students will share their projects through presentations to other students
or publish an article in their newspaper. All participants receive Earth
Day award certificates and a token of recognition and their names are
entered into a drawing for either an educational tool kit or an
environmental education field trip.

-    $13,634 to Wildlife Unlimited (A5678 143rd Ave., Holland) to use
EnviroScapes, which are three-dimensional models of the environment  used
to teach students about watershed concepts, ground water, surface water,
water cycle, and to visually demonstrate how people pollute water and how
to prevent pollution. Through the model, students learn how everyone
affects water quality and how everyone can do their part in preventing or
cleaning up pollution. These classroom activities prepare students visit
ponds and wetlands to study topography, plants, fish, buffers and water
quality. The project also builds responsibility by educating students
about their role in watershed protection.


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