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Maine Audubon Grants for PPS Teachers Total $13k

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Maine Audubon Grants for PPS Teachers Total $13k
Posted on 08/13/2019
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Maine Audubon has completed its third annual grants program for Portland Public Schools Teachers cycle through the Foundation for Portland Public Schools (FPPS). Fifteen grant proposals have been awarded totaling just under $13,000 to teachers in Portland.

Through the Maine Audubon Teacher Grants program, PPS teachers are supported in their efforts to enrich education, innovate in the classroom, and engage with the outdoors by utilizing Maine Audubon education resources. Maine Audubon grants recognize and support teachers’ work to inspire students and improve learning outcomes. This year’s funded projects represent a range of learning opportunities at all grade levels. “Maine Audubon is a true partner to PPS. I’m grateful for their generosity, and their positive impacts on students at all grade levels,” said PPS Superintendent Xavier Botana.

Maine Audubon’s director of education, Eric Topper said, “Maine Audubon’s decades of work with Portland Public Schools has been critical for engaging many thousands of people in wildlife habitat conservation throughout Portland and far beyond.  We are so grateful to be partnering with the Foundation for Portland Public Schools in helping increase access to our programs for the entire district and enabling us to work with so many inspired teachers and students.”

Students gain a sense of place by engaging with the outdoor resources that the Maine Audubon campus in Falmouth offers. They learn about native plants, animals and the unique ecosystems that exist in and around Portland. Teachers also gain access to the education programming at Maine Audubon through this grant to allow additional teachers to come to the classroom and access to teaching resources to supplement classroom materials. This is a great example of how committed the Maine community is to its public schools. Cultivating an understanding of the local environment and appreciation for the ecosystems that surround Portland is critical to helping students develop as whole students and achieving the goal of equity in the Portland Public Schools.

For more information, please contact FPPS Executive Director Kate Snyder at 207-842-4658 or ksnyder@foundationforpps.org