COMMUNITY SERVICE GRANTS

The Illinois State Board of Education awards Community Service grant funds to support school-based service-learning programs.  In these programs, students participate in community service projects designed to help encourage non-academic achievement.  The primary purpose of this grant program, therefore, is to guide these youth to become successful students and community-minded citizens. 

Funds for the FY2003 Illinois "Community Service Grant Program" are authorized under Title IV--21st Century Schools, Part A--Safe and Drug-free Schools and Communities, Subpart 2, Section 4126--Community Service Grant Program of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. 

The Regional Office of Education #38 applied for this grant, which totaled $13,108, for use by the Regional Safe School Program at Salt Creek Academy. 

 

PLANNING STAGE

To initiate the process, the staff discussed various ideas that would meet the intent of the grant.  After investigating costs and required resources, some specific projects were identified.  A group of four students met with the RSSP Director, Terry Phillips, and discussed these ideas as well as other possibilities; there also were some class discussions which involved other students.  In addition, a conservationist from the Federal Natural Resource and Conservation Service and a representative from the Menard County Soil and Water Conservation District met with the RSSP director to discuss the design and planting of a windbreak.  After these preliminary activities, the following were identified as possible projects:

  • Windbreak for the school grounds

  • Construction of outdoor volleyball system

  • Replacement of softball backstop

  • Sign for the facility

  • Basketball hoop with a poured concrete pad

  • Sunhouse for use in growing plants

  • Outdoor shed(s) for storing tools, equipment, etc.

  • Construction of benches, tables, etc., for outdoor areas

  • Planting garden(s)

These projects will require a lot of work in a relatively short period of time.  With that in mind, some activities might be reduced or expanded as appropriate.  If time permits, other projects such as the planting of native prairie grasses may be added.

WE INVITE YOU TO FOLLOW ALONG WITH US AS WE EMBARK ON THIS "MISSION."

 

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