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Students from 15 regional public school districts and one ISD will enjoy new opportunities this semester after Midwest Energy awarded $30,037 in Strengthening Schools grants. The grants are funded with partnership dollars from Touchstone Energy Cooperative.

A committee comprised of co-op members evaluated and scored 60 applications totaling more than $65,000, then determined the final awards without knowledge of the school, district or community. Committee members included Melisa Shafer of Edwardsburg, Becky Foster of Cassopolis, and Robin Klump of Blissfield.

Awards were presented to the following schools and projects:

  • Adrian Alexander Elementary, $2500 for technology hardware
  • Bangor High School and Middle School, $1724 for technology hardware
  • Cassopolis Ross Beatty Jr/Sr High School, $700 for technology hardware; $2200 for video production equipment, and $2000 for music stands
  • Centreville Elementary, $455 for STEM science kits
  • Clinton Middle School, $1500 for Makey Makey program
  • Coloma High School, $2463 for welders for Metalworks afterschool program
  • Decatur Middle School, $675 for STEM K’nex building sets
  • Dowagiac Middle School, $400 for books
  • Hartford Red Arrow Elementary School, $2000 for occupational therapy equipment
  • Lawrence Public Schools, $2500 for the theater program
  • Lenawee Intermediate School District, $2500 for Stubnitz Environmental Education Program
  • Marcellus Volinia Outcomes School, $400 for career readiness curriculum
  • Marcellus Middle/High School, $1970 for video production equipment
  • Mattawan Later Elementary, $1400 for Minecraft licensing and materials
  • Mattawan Middle School, $1500 for a beekeeping program
  • Niles Howard-Ellis Elementary School, $1200 for hands-on learning kindergarten supplies
  • Schoolcraft Elementary School, $1250 for greenhouse and birdhouse observatory
  • Three Rivers Ruth Hoppin Elementary School, $700 for technology hardware

“It was truly a pleasure to honor the creativity and learning needs in our community through participating in the grant review,” Shafer said. “We all worked in a true cooperative manner to share our resources and I’m excited for the students’ opportunities that will result.”

Information and applications for the 2017-18 funding cycles will be available at TeamMidwest.com beginning in April.