Environmental education grants available for teachers
RALEIGH ó NC Beautiful, a provider of environmental education and beautification opportunities that elevate the quality of life of North Carolinians, has announced that it is begun accepting applications for its 2010 Windows of Opportunity Grants.
The $1,000 grants are available to certified, full-time K-12 teachers in North Carolina.
Windows of Opportunity provides educational grants to reward N.C. teachers for their creativity in fostering environmental stewardship, leadership, and awareness and initiating a sense of community service.
In January 2009, NC Beautiful presented 19 educational grants, totaling $19,000, to North Carolina schools. NC Beautiful Executive Director, Steve Vacendak, hopes to see more teachers apply for a grant.
“The mission of NC Beautiful is to foster environmental stewardship through education and outreach, and one of the main ways we accomplish this is through our teachers,” says Vacendak.
“It is our goal to offer a Windows of Opportunity Grant in all 100 counties in North Carolina, and I hope that educators all across our state will take advantage of this wonderful and rewarding educational opportunity.”
The grants were created to cultivate an appreciation of natural environments by helping children get out of school and into natural settings. The grants also build leadership awareness, develop environmental educational mentors and ambassadors, create materials and resources that can be used by other K-12 students, and develop a sustainable, outdoor program, which will continue well after the grant period ends.
Applications are available online at www.ncbeautiful.org/webpages/ncb/application-registration.nsf/register.html and will be accepted now through Nov. 10. For more information, contact Louise Carey at (919) 828-3190 or email@example.com.