Mount Union Student Grant Proposal Funded

May 24, 2012

ALLIANCE, Ohio — A University of Mount Union student-written grant proposal to provide a summer camp at the Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center has been funded by the Stark Community Foundation.

According to Susan Denning, director of stewardship and grants at Mount Union, students in her grant-writing course this spring semester wrote grants as part of a class project. One group recently learned that their grant, written for a 2012 Summertime Kids grant through the Stark Community Foundation, had been approved. The $1,400 grant, called “Growing Plants and Minds: Discovering the Natural World,” will allow pre-school participants in the Early Childhood Education Alliance, Inc. to experience the wilderness by visiting Mount Union’s Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center.

Mount Union students in the group are junior Spanish and sociology major Kelly Slutz of Orrville, OH; senior art major Teresa Kruckenberg of Lakewood, OH; and junior psychology major Natalie Griffin of Wooster, OH.

“I was delighted when I found out that the Stark Community Foundation had decided to fund the Summer Kids grant that will allow preschoolers to visit the Nature Center and learn more about science,” Denning said.

Thanks to the grant, during each week of the summer, children will travel by bus to the Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center. While there, they will investigate different topics such as plant life, insects, birds, aquatic life and animals. They will also participate in a variety of hands-on activities. Each child will have an opportunity to choose a type of vegetable to grow and plant in a community garden for the entire City of Alliance to enjoy. Students will nurture their seeds until it is time to transplant them to the garden at the Nature Center.

Joe French, executive director of the Early Childhood Education Alliance, Inc., said the student-written grant will ultimately benefit the kids who will attend the summer camp.

“We’re thrilled that we received the grant,” French said. “It was nice to be able to work with Mount Union students and it was an eye-opening experience for them about how much work goes into writing a grant.”

The summer camp will have numerous benefits for participating preschoolers, French said.

“Students will learn about the cycle of a plant and it will be a science project for them as well,” he said. “They get to go on a field trip but they also get to do the science project and give back to the community in a way that they might not have been able to do otherwise.”


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