Merrill Area Community Foundation Announces $ 2,820 in Beyond Crayons and Computers Grants for Merrill Schools

The Merrill Area Community Foundation is proud to announce that four grants totaling $ 2,820 have been approved for the Beyond Crayons and Computers Grants Program to Public and Parish Schools in the Merrill area. Funded by the Foundation, the Beyond Crayons and Computers program invites teams of teachers from three-year programs across high school to submit grant applications involving members of our Merrill community that are innovative and creative.

The Merrill Area Community Foundation has been impressed with the variety of innovative and inspired projects that engage community members and enrich the educational experience. This year’s grants went to public and parochial schools, from elementary schools to Merrill High School. Here is a list of grant recipients:
– Fifth grade Merrill Community Kindness Ambassadors Prairie River Middle School $ 1,000.00
– DJ Trinity Lutheran School elective $ 1,000.00
– Blackmail Washington again! Washington Elementary School $ 520.00
– Learning opportunities for young people Merrill High School $ 300.00

“Music production not only enables creativity in learning musical methods and skills, but also enables leadership opportunities in the community. Students at Trinity Lutheran School will study the career path of music production and DJing. The objectives of the project include creating and mixing songs to create their own music; understand the use and manipulation of rhythm and time signatures; use sounds, tones and dynamics; and learn to lead groups in activities such as dancing, announcements and coordinating events.

PRMS fifth graders will partner with organizations in the area to share their kindness with members of our community. In doing so, students will learn about these organizations and how they serve our community. Some of the organizations they will be working with are VFW, Meals on Wheels, Lincoln Industries, and the Farm Bureau.

Fourth grade students from Washington Elementary School will participate in the Get America Singing… Again series. They will learn the songs in their weekly lessons. A family song will be celebrated at the end of the school year.
The Youth Apprenticeships are valuable hands-on training for grade 11 and 12 students. Workplaces included include agriculture, architecture and construction, the arts, audiovisual technology and communications, finance, healthcare, hospitality and tourism, information technology, manufacturing, science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, Transport, and Distribution & Logistics. Promoting learning success increases participation in the program and provides a stronger work force for our community.

The Merrill Area Community Foundation is supported by individuals, businesses and foundations to give back to their community. The Beyond Crayons and Computers program began in 2006 and is designed to enhance and reward teaching, learning and special motivational activities in our schools. Over $ 145,000, including $ 2,820 this year, has been donated to our schools since 2006.

Renea Frederick, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Merrill Area Community Foundation, emphasizes the importance of innovation in our children’s learning. Children also learn that they can contribute to our community at any age. She said, “The Merrill Community Foundation is proud to invest in ‘Beyond Crayon and Computer’ grants for our public and parish schools. These grants strengthen the links between our community and schools with innovative educational projects and partnerships created by our teachers in the Merrill area.

Annual Beyond Crayons and Computers program grants are in addition to grants to local organizations including: Merrill Community Theater, Northwoods Veterans Post Raise the Flag, Merrill Historical Society, Merrill Enrichment Center, Big Brothers / Big Sisters New Website Development, Foundations NTC, River Bend Trail, Merrill City Band, Normal Park Gazebo Fund, City of Merrill Parks Development Fund, Three Rivers United Temporary Housing (TRUTH), Our Sister’s House, River District Development Foundation, United Way for 211 Development, Merrill Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Merrill Rotary Club, EMT Paramedic Upgrade, Bell Tower Residence, Merrill Free Clinic, Sports Park Improvement Project, Merrill Youth Softball, Elderly Disaster Preparedness, St. Vincent DePaul, Girls Scouts, Merrill Soccer Association and Haven, Inc.

Donations can be sent to the Merrill Area Community Foundation Fund @ Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin, 501 First St., Ste 2600, Wausau, WI 54403.

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