By Robert F. Sommer, Director of Development and Education Grants Committee Chair
Once again, the Kansas Chapter of the Sierra Club will offer a limited number of grants to K-12 teachers in accredited Kansas schools to educate students about climate change. Grants may be used to attend conferences, prepare special lessons and experiments, and purchase materials for lessons and projects on climate change. Licensed K-12 teachers in Kansas school districts in any field of study may apply.
Now in its second year, the Sierra Club Environmental Grants for Kansas Primary and Secondary Educators program was uniquely created by the Kansas Chapter. This is the first program of its kind in the national Sierra Club. These grants are intended to enhance teachers’ abilities to educate students on the nature of climate change and explore solutions to the immense challenges it poses.
Grants range from $250 to $1,000. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2014, by postmark or email timestamp. Awards will be announced in early May. Grant recipients will agree to present their projects at a General Meeting of one of the Kansas Sierra Club Groups during the 2014-15 academic year. Sierra Club General Meetings are open to all members and the general public. Teachers do not need to be Sierra Club members to apply for a grant.
For more information and to download an application, please visit the Kansas Chapter’s Education Grants web page at http://kansas.sierraclub.org/EducationGrants-2014.html. Please do share this link with dedicated teachers who may have an interest in applying.
The Sierra Club’s Kansas Chapter hopes to partner with teachers throughout the Sunflower State in educating students about the nature and causes of our changing climate, and so to contribute to their success in addressing this vital issue.