3 Southwest Michigan school districts win state grants to teach about Michigan’s water resources

June 23, 2020


Niles Community Schools was awarded a $9,473.80 grant from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy to teach students about the Great Lakes, Michigan watersheds and the impact people have on water resources across the state, according to a news release from EGLE.

The grants are part of From Students to Stewards, an initiative for K-12 students. The program is a collaboration between EGLE, the Michigan Department of Education and the MiSTEM Network at Grand Valley State University.

“The From Students to Stewards Initiative is a critical step toward ensuring that every student in the State of Michigan has access to place-based, water-focused education and quality experiential opportunities,” said Emily Finnell, Great Lakes senior advisor and strategist in EGLE’s Office of the Great Lakes.

Niles Community Schools will use the grant to develop a year-long Earth Science course with water as its central theme, guided by the Great Lakes Literacy Principles and Michigan’s Science and English standards. The coursework will include field work, water quality testing and classroom-based labs, as well as multi-media learning opportunities.

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