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Utah CUs award 14K in grants to schools
SALT LAKE CITY (9/10/12)--The 100% for Kids Credit Union Education Foundation has awarded more than $14,000 in grants to Utah schools.

For the past 10 years, Utah's credit unions, both large and small, have partnered to help the state's students get supplies they need. Through the foundation's collaborative effort, 10 schools in 10 districts have received a total of $14,000.

Among the projects receiving grant money is a teaching greenhouse at Morgan High School in Morgan District. Morgan High was awarded $5,000 to assist in the creation of the greenhouse, which will impact all 730 students in the school. 

Morgan High School teacher Megan Haslem applied for the grant. The greenhouse would allow students to implement the scientific method in team-based inquiry labs. One of the several benefits of inquiry labs is the promotion of innovative thinking to ask questions and answer problems.

Students also explore careers in horticulture. They will help decide to plant, propagate plants and sell them to the community. Greenhouse students also will learn basic skills needed for future employment--responsibility, teamwork, problem solving, record keeping, goal setting and time management, she added.

The teaching greenhouse project also will positively impact the community and eventually become self-sustaining. By selling items the students produce such as potted plants and vegetable starts to the local public, the greenhouse can sustain its maintenance needs once it becomes operational.

"Our board was very intrigued with this grant request because it covers multiple subject areas and grade levels," said foundation Director Liz White. "The self-sustaining business aspect was such a unique feature that we rarely see. It's exciting to help fund such an important project that demonstrates collaboration between school and community."

The foundation was formed to improve education in Utah by enhancing and expanding classroom level resources and programs. It has donated more than $5 million since its inception in 2002, contributing to all of Utah's 40 school districts. All of the funds donated go directly to teachers for use in their classroom.


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