Foundation gives $18K in grants

Recently, 11 groups and organizations were awarded close to $18,000 in grant funds from the Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation.

Levi Coe Library in Middlefield received two grants, one for a “Benefits of Cooking” project which helped families discover new recipes, share them and create related projects, and the other for its storytime which taught about birding and the natural world at both the library and local preschools.

On the grounds of the library, the Mid-Lea Garden Club will be using grant funds to refurbish the Shakespeare Garden, both through plantings and presentations about the bard.

The Durham Public Library received a grant to provide young patrons a series of rotating, dramatic play stations to develop language and literacy skills.

The Coginchaug Area Transition received a second year of funding to continue educating the community about the need to compost, including a more active role by the local transfer station.

Another grant went to the Coginchaug Valley Community Band, which has been sidelined for several years. Bandmembers will perform two concerts annually.

Two grants were awarded to projects at Memorial School. The first will have fifth graders working with a “teaching artist” on poetry writing, creating books to collect the poetry and sharing it. The second is for students and staff to design an outdoor sensory walk, with the goal of creating opportunities to assist in optimal learning.

The high school also received two grants. One will provide pre-calculus/robotics classes opportunities to learn about the science of materials and biomedical engineering disciplines, while establishing an open design studio.

The other grant was awarded to the CRHS Eco Club. Its members will learn about pollinator habitats and then revitalize an outdoor garden by adding native plants to attract pollinators.

Finally, Durham/Middlefield Youth and Family Services will use its grant funds to develop and run a summer STEM program that will include science, technology, engineering, art and math opportunities and activities for youngsters age 7 to 13.

Now in their 14th year of awarding grants to the community, CVEF has funded 123 grants, totaling $175,000.

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