Service-Learning Students Win Grants
At the end of the spring semester, students involved with service-learning courses received a total of $850 in grant funds to benefit their current non-profit partners.
Sadie Palmieri and Kristen Growney applied for funds that would provide books for tutoring programs at James P. Duffy City School Number 12. Because of the recent budget cuts, school libraries aren't able to add to their existing book collections. This grant will afford them the opportunity to have additional books with an end goal of increasing literacy program participation in the school. The total amount awarded was $150.
Lauren Sebring was in search of additional funds for East High School's courtyard project, executed by Dr. Jim Wood's Cultural Institutions class this semester. She applied for a $200 grant to purchase a tree, mulch, and additional bulbs and plants in order to finalize the project. The intent of this project was to increase student involvement at the school, encouraging them to continue the upkeep of the courtyard.
Students Katie Chase, Jenna Huether, Ashley Fitzsimmons, Ryan Hefner, and Josue Cornier requested a grant for their Digital Media and Online Communities service-learning partner, the Cobblestone School, which is working to amplify their social media presence. The $500 will cover the cost of five flip video cameras for the school to use on a variety of projects. Ideally, they would be able to shoot video for their Facebook page including footage of student and teacher interactions and alumni interviews.