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Announcing 2021 Mini-Grant Winners

EENC is thrilled to announce that we're helping 11 educators from across our state in the third year of our mini-grant program. With EENC's support, they will building school gardens and improving their schoolgrounds, purchasing much-needed supplies, and partnering with their communities to support black, indigenous, and people of color participating in EE.

Congratulations to the 2021 mini-grant awardees:

  • Ranita Anderson, “Read, Question, Reflect, Imagine, Act: Using Language and Literacy to Promote Gardening and Beyond"

  • Marguerite Bishop, Nash County Public Schools, "Nashville Elementary Learning Garden- Composting Project"

  • Cindy Furey, Chapel Hill Carrboro Schools, "Green Eagles Leadership Club Daypacks"

  • Lauren Gibson, NC State University, "Providing classrooms with pesticide testing strips for an inquiry-based water quality testing activity"

  • Lauren Greene, North Carolina Botanical Garden, "From the Mountains to the Coast: Virtual Field Trip"

  • Marilyn Jesrani, Carolina Outdoor Fun, "The Environmental Benefits of Backyard Chickens"

  • Jessica Metz, New Kituwah Academy, "ᎦᏓᏛ ᏗᏫᏒᏅᎢ ᎠᎹ ᎢᏥᏂᏦᎸᎯ (Bring Water to the Garden)"

  • Sarah Pursel, Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, "Bountiful Botany: Medicinal Plants of the Plateau"

  • Alayna Schmidt, WNC Nature Center, "Racially Diverse Speaker Series for Nature-based Teen Volunteer Program"

  • Shalyn Yost, Boys and Girls Club of Henderson County, "Outdoor Explorers"

  • Mir Youngquist-Thurow, Agape Center for Environmental Education, "Water Quality Testing Resupply"

Our grant recipients will be working on projects now through December 1. We'll share photos and stories as they finish. Stay tuned to see how these EENC members are promoting excellence in environmental education!


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