FLINT, MI– A $74,000 grant from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration has been awarded to Flint for the development and implementation of water quality monitoring program for the city’s river.

The program, Flint River Green Bridges, is an expansion of the city’s existing Flint River Green program that’s implemented in 22 local school districts and reaches 1,200 students each year.

The expansion will engage hundreds of local students and bridge careers, curriculum, classrooms and communities, according to a press release. This is the coalition’s first federal grant.

“This will be a great opportunity to meet the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) while giving students a chance to think critically about water quality issues,” James Hall, an 8th grade science teacher at Hamady Middle School stated in a press release.

The 18-month project is a partnership with the University of Michigan-Flint’s Discovering PLACE, the Flint hub of the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative, which will enhance teacher training and support the implementation of outdoor field research.

“This new curriculum will allow teachers to not only meet the NGSS and state standards, but will also allow classrooms to actively engage in place-based learning through activities and action projects,” Tammy Wylie, a 7th grade science teacher at Hamady Middle School stated.

Click here to read the full story in MLive (May 1, 2019)

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