The Rural Schools Collaborative is a group run by my friend Gary Funk out of Cambridge, WI.  In a nutshell, their goal is to be of help any way they can to rural schools across the nation.  Learn more about them here.

Last year they funded completion of an outdoor classroom at Meek Elementary in Winston County.

They have just announced winners for the current grant round.  Fortunately nine different projects are receiving grants this cycle.  This is possible because of a partnership between the collaborative, the Parker Griffith Family Foundation, the Alabama Education Association and an anonymous donor.

Here are the recipients:

Appalachian high school, Blount County system–Students will join community members in developing a celebration of Oneonta’s bicentennial.

Bridgeport elementary, Jackson County system–students will participate in the creation of an outdoor classroom by choosing and planting greenery, as well as maintaining it.

Fairfax elementary, Chambers County system–Students will restore and revamp an area into an outdoor education center.

Handley high school, Roanoke city system–Two projects were funded at Handley.  One will be an archaeological effort by students to learn more about Randolph County history; while the other will assist in developing an organic soap business.

Hazel Green elementary, Madison County system–Students here will implement a community school concept.

Oak Grove elementary, Jefferson County system–Students will participate in an interactive produce garden project with community members.

Sparkman middle school, Madison County system–Students, parents and community members will explore social media and related technologies to improve communications between the school and community.

Winterboro high school, Talladega County system–Students and parents will work together to develop community nights where high-interest workshops in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art and math will be conducted.

Congratulations to each school and those who worked on the grant application.  And thanks again to the Rural Schools Collaborative, the Parker Griffith Family Foundation and the Alabama Education Association.