Six members of the Rural Schools Partnership were awarded YEP Student Conservation Grants in November for student-led, school-oriented projects that focus on conservation, preservation of natural resources, and place-based learning ideas that incorporate the environment.
For the first time this year, only Youth Empowerment Project chapters were eligible to apply for these grants. These YEP chapters were encouraged to work with other groups, classrooms or teachers in their school for maximum impact. All decisions were made by the Springfield members of the Youth Empowerment Project, who were not eligible for the rural grand round.
The six selected projects are:
Youth Empowerment Project of Ozark (YEPO): $600 for a community rain garden at one of the district’s elementary schools;
Gainesville Middle School Youth Empowerment Project: $450 to purchase plastic totes for paper recycling at the district’s high school and elementary facilities;
Koshkonong Youth Empowerment Project: $1,500 to build raised gardens and an outdoor learning area for conservation lessons for elementary students;
Willow Springs Youth Empowerment Project: $1,500 to expand and maintain the district’s Common Ground Community Gardens and publish a book for elementary students about the project;
Skyline Youth Empowerment Project: $1,500 to help build a 12-by-24-foot solar-powered greenhouse for school science and conservation programs;
Purdy High School Youth Empowerment and Leadership Project/Purdy Spanish Club (pictured): $1,040 to purchase LED lighting for the school sign and classrooms, and a wood chipper to expedite work associated with the club’s Purdy Gardino Project.
Congratulations to all who received funds, and thank you to the Springfield YEP students who helped make this important decision.