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Legacy Education Foundation grants awarded

Brent Boyer

— For the past decade, Don Schwartz and his fourth-grade students at Strawberry Park Elementary School have spent one day each month of the school year visiting residents of the Doak Walker Care Center.

The interaction between some of Routt County’s oldest and youngest residents, be it during an arts and crafts activity or just simple conversation, never ceases to amaze the veteran teacher.

“It has really been a wonderful program,” Schwartz said. “They do find a lot of value in it.”

Thanks in part to a grant from the Legacy Education Foun-dation, Schwartz’s students and other Strawberry Park fourth-graders will continue to visit and form bonds with Doak Walker residents through the 2004-05 school year.

The Legacy Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports place-based educational opportunities for Routt County children, recently announced the grant recipients from its latest funding cycle.

Recipients included the fourth-grade classes at Strawberry Park, which received $350 to help cover the transportation costs associated with busing one class each week to the extended care center.

“I’ve really counted on them for funding,” Schwartz said of the Legacy Education Foundation, which has provided money for the visits for several years. “It’s $300 we just don’t have in our budget.”

For Amy Chamberlin and other members of the Legacy Education Foundation’s board of directors, funding projects such as Schwartz’s is a no-brainer.

“Since it has been so successful, we’ve continued to fund it,” Chamberlin said.

The foundation provided grants to two other projects it has funded in the past, the South Routt Literacy Carnival ($600) and the Yampa River Ecology Project ($2,490).

Educational projects receiving Legacy Education Foundation grants for the first time include a photo journal project for Schwartz’s students ($200), a Routt County birdhouses project done in connection with a Strawberry Park unit on local ranching history ($144), and staff and student training that focuses on integrating technology to enhance science curriculum at Strawberry Park ($550).

The six grants total more than $4,000. Most of the foundation’s money is raised through the Spirit Challenge, a race in the Steamboat Springs Running Series.

Chamberlin said the foundation wants to continue to ensure that local students are provided unique educational opportunities despite the budget cuts experienced by all three local school districts. The foundation also hopes to see more educators apply for future grants.

Teachers can apply for mini-grants up to $600 or large grants up to $2,500.

Grant applications are due Jan. 31 for the next funding cycle.

The foundation encourages grants that involve place-based education that empowers students to bring youth and community together in meaningful ways.

For more information visit http://www.yampavalley.info/education0122.asp.

— To reach Brent Boyer call 871-4234

or e-mail bboyer@steamboatpilot.com

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