Teachers from kindergarten through twelfth grade are invited to apply for the 2013-2014 Educational Mini-Grant Program, sponsored by the Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area (LHV). The program will award ten grants of $500 each to educators in Northeastern Pennsylvania to produce heritage and/or environmental projects. Those eligible to participate in the program include classroom teachers in the Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit 19 service area as well as educators at cultural, historic, and environmental organizations and sites.
Complete program guidelines and the grant application are available on the Lackawanna Heritage Valley’s website at http://lhva.org/educational-minigrants.html. The deadline for submission is Friday, Nov.1 at noon.
The Educational Mini-Grant Program, now in its ninth year, affords educators a unique opportunity for funding to produce classroom or community projects. The projects should either promote students’ understanding and appreciation of the Lackawanna Valley’s rich heritage and how it contributed to the nation’s development, or expand the students’ understanding of their role as caretakers of the environment, particularly in the Lackawanna River watershed. The projects must take place between December 1, 2013, and June 1, 2014.
“The Education Mini-Grant Program has become a best practice model for heritage areas throughout the heritage movement,” said Natalie Gelb, Executive Director of the Lackawanna Heritage Valley. “Over the past years, area educators have implemented a range of projects that have engaged students of all ages and backgrounds in becoming stewards of the environment and in developing pride in their heritage.
“Parents, grandparents and other family members have had the opportunity to enjoy and celebrate the students’ accomplishments. We are proud to support and encourage creative educators who help us to tell the region’s story and to preserve and conserve our natural resources.”