Eureka Springs EAST Receives Weyerhaeuser and ACF Grant

   

Eureka Springs EAST Receives Weyerhaeuser and ACF Grant
8/9/2013 4:02:10 PM

Eureka Springs High School EAST Lab Facilitator Mila Lynne Powell and Media Specialist Alice McNeal received a $500 grant from the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation and the Arkansas Community Foundation. Mrs. Powell and Mrs. McNeal received their Teacher Mini-Grant Award.

Eureka Springs High School EAST Lab Facilitator Mila Lynne Powell and Media Specialist Alice McNeal received a $500 grant from the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation and the Arkansas Community Foundation, for the expansion of the high school's butterfly garden. Mrs. Powell and Mrs. McNeal attended a luncheon in Little Rock last January 24, 2006 where they received their Teacher Mini-Grant Award and were recognized as one of the 2005-2006 Award Winners for the State of Arkansas. The EAST Lab is coordinating efforts with the high school's Environmental and Media Clubs to maintain and observe the high school's main natural habitat area, a 20' x 30' butterfly garden, which was planted in the spring of 2005, by students, faculty and community members. The butterfly garden has Arkansas native plants and trees, butterfly host and nectar plants. Students have been documenting the different animal and plant species through photographs and videotapes.

Mrs. Powell and Mrs. McNeal were one of 20 Arkansas schoolteachers who received grants for the 2005-2006 school year. The purpose of the Weyerhaeuser Arkansas Mini-Grant Program is to assist educators in their efforts to use innovative techniques in teaching skills related to science, math, and a balanced view of environmental issues. Students need skills in these areas in order to make knowledgeable and informed decisions and to fit into the work force of the future. The awarded projects are activity-based science, math and environmental projects that help students achieve a better master of these skills.

In the spring of 2005, the EAST Lab received an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Grant, under the Schoolyard Habitat Program, which funded the original planting of the butterfly garden. The Weyerhaeuser and Arkansas Community Foundation grant will fund the expansion of the existing butterfly garden by another 500 square feet, with additional beds of annuals, perennials (host and nectar plants) and ornamental grasses.

The Arkansas Community Foundation was incorporated in 1976 as a statewide public Foundation. ARCF was established through the leadership of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, and continues as a unique resource for the state. As Arkansas' only statewide community Foundation, ARCF has dramatically furthered its efforts to build philanthropic resources by developing a network of 25 Affiliates serving 31 counties. Over the past 28 years, the Foundation has grown to approximately 70 million dollars in assets, representing almost 800 funds from every corner of the state.

The Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation is a non-profit organization funded from the earnings of Weyerhaeuser Company, an international forest products firm that manages 725,000 acres of commercial timberland in Arkansas, and has operations or offices in Little Rock, Russellville, Magnolia, Dierks, DeQueen, Mountain Pine and Hot Springs. The mission of the Foundation is to improve the quality of life in communities where Weyerhaeuser has a presence and to increase understanding of the importance and sustainability of forests and the products they provide to meet people's needs.

EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology) is a high school class that encourages students to use advanced technologies to solve community problems. To learn more about EAST, please contact EAST facilitator Mila Powell at (479) 253-2936 or (479) 253-8875.

 

Photo: Powell and McNeal Receive Weyerhaeuser and Arkansas Community Foundation Grant. Eureka Springs High School EAST Facilitator Mila Lynne Powell and Media Specialist Alice McNeal show off their 2005-2006 Teacher Mini-Grant Awards for the State of Arkansas and a $500 check that they received from (standing from left) Pamela Baade, Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation Education and Volunteer Program Manager, Pat Lile, President and CEO, Arkansas Community Foundation and Les Senft, Weyerhaeuser Company External Affairs Council Chairman. The grant funds will be used for the expansion of the high school's butterfly garden.

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