HCCF Accredited with National Standards Distinction

Higher Standards

The Huron County Community Foundation has recently been accredited with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations®—the highest standards for philanthropic excellence.


We work to support the causes our community cares about, from recreation, to education and everything in between. National Standards says that we meet the most rigorous standards in philanthropy and is a promise to our community that we’ll continue to do this good work together, right here in Huron County.

National Standards is not mandatory. We chose to go above and beyond by affirming our commitment to excellence and accountability. Our accreditation provides assurance that we have sound policies and practices in place. In short, it means we meet the highest standards for local giving.

To receive accreditation with National Standards, HCCF submitted our policies and procedures to a rigorous review of 26 National Standards in six key areas of community foundation operations, including donor services, investment management, grantmaking and administration.

The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® program was established in 2000 in cooperation with the Council on Foundations. .

For more information about National Standards, visit www.cfstandards.org.

2019 Fall Grants Awarded

Over $15,500 in grants were awarded to local organizations and causes at the September 12 HCCF Annual Celebration, hosted at the Pigeon Event Center. Below are the Fall 2019 Grant Recipients:

- Bad Axe Middle School – $600 - Comfort Closet Project to provide toiletry and hygiene supplies in Bad Axe Middle School for students and families in need

- Huron County Nature Center – $750 - To build and install an avian display in the visitor’s center

- Greater Port Austin Art and Placemaking Fund – $750 - To create an all-inclusive public art guides that provides locations and descriptions of art installations in the greater Port Austin area

- SVSU and the Saginaw Bay Writing Project – $1,00 - To host a three-day writers workshop for K-12 teachers to write in public locations around Port Austin

- Harbor Beach Community Chest – $1,600 - to support the Harbor Beach Artist in Residence Program

- Central Huron Ambulance Service – $1,800 - To purchase iPads to support data collection and improved patient care records

- Harbor Beach Community Hospital – $2,000 - To support the purchase of a carbon dioxide insufflator to provide endoscopy procedures with fewer side effects

- Owendale – Gagetown Area Schools – $2,000 - To purchases supplies to raise Salmon in their classroom

- WAI-IAM, Inc. StraightTalk Program – $2,500 - To support the Straight Talk presentation at USA Schools, the program is designed to help combat and bring awareness to pressing issues in our community

- Bad Axe High School – $2,500 - To purchases a 3D printer for use in the STEAM and Robotics classes

For additional information on HCCF Grantmaking of HCCF Funds, call the office (989-269-2850) or email Mackenzie (mackenzie@huroncounty.com).

Placemaking Grants Impact Community

HCCF awarded $4,000 in grants from the Community Impact Fund in May to projects that re-imagine and re-invent public spaces through Placemaking. The projects were submitted by community members and voted on by the community, which was an important aspect according to HCCF Executive Director Mackenzie Price Sundblad. The four winning projects will bring new ideas to life in Caseville, Port Austin, Bad Axe, and Harbor Beach.

The public was able to vote on Facebook from May 6 through May 13, with some projects receiving over 300 votes. On May 16th, HCCF hosted their Placemaking Grant: Pitch Event at the Port Austin Gym, where representatives from each of the submitted projects had one minute to sell the audience and the panel of judges on why they deserved the $1,000 grant. Over 80 people from communities across the county heard pitches from the following groups and voted for their favorite in each region.

Projects presented included:
-        Improvements to the Pigeon Events Center grounds
-     Events at Memorial City Park in Caseville
- Games for use on the Port Austin Village Green
- A What’s Happening Port Austin Sign, outlining upcoming events
- Movies at the Beach in Harbor Beach
- Addition of Cemetery Markers at Rock Falls Cemetery
- Tree Planting on the Backus Trail in Harbor Beach
- Addition of Pickleball Courts in Bad Axe
- Project Positivity in Bad Axe High School
- StoryWalk Encouraging Literacy and Movement in Bad Axe City Park
- Miracle of Life Display at the Huron Community Fair
- Walking Loops of Historic Homes and Businesses in Ubly and Bad Axe

Western Region Winner: Market on Main in Caseville has had great success so far! Bringing vendors, performers, and entertainment for kids to downtown Caseville

Western Region Winner: Market on Main in Caseville has had great success so far! Bringing vendors, performers, and entertainment for kids to downtown Caseville

There were four winners, one from each region, that received $1,000. Representing the Western Region, Memorial City Park in Caseville was awarded a grant to bring music, kids’ events, and have people gather in downtown Caseville throughout the summer. In the North Central region, Good Times on the Green received $1,000 to purchased outdoor games for public use at the Village Green in Port Austin. The Eastern region, Movies at the Beach won the grant to bring an outdoor movie theater to Harbor Beach. Finally, in the South Central Region, Bad Axe Public Schools Positive School Climate Committee was awarded $1,000 to adorn the hall of Bad Axe with “Project Positivity”.

Eastern Region Winner: Movies on the Beach had nearly 90 attend their first lakeside movie last month.

Eastern Region Winner: Movies on the Beach had nearly 90 attend their first lakeside movie last month.

In addition to the 4 grants from the HCCF Community Impact Fund, an additional four other Placemaking Projects that were pitched at the event have come to life. “This was our goal with the event, to raise awareness of great projects and get the community involved in supporting these ideas” said Price Sundblad. A private donor contributed $1,000 to create a Middle School Library at Harbor Beach Community Schools. The Pickleball Association rallied their troops to privately fund and paint their courts in Bad Axe. The Harbor Beach Rotary Club is moving forward with their Tree Planting Project on the Backus Trail. The Huron Community Fair received funding for their Miracle of Life Display. Multiple other projects have community support and conversations are happening to get the funding they need to make those dreams a reality.

If you’d like to support projects like this in our community, consider a gift to the Community Impact Fund at HCCF.

After Hours Golf Mixer - June 27, 2019

A new twist on an old favorite! Join us for our After Hours Golf Mixer at Scenic Golf and Country Club, a fundraiser to support HCCF Operations. Register a full team or individual golfers through our sheet below. Not a golfer? No problem! Get in on the fun with a Dinner and Music ticket which will give you access to a delicious dinner, LIVE music, and great company on June 27th.

Registration - 5 pm
Shot Gun Start - 5:30 pm
LIVE Music - 6 pm - 9 pm
Dinner Begins - 6:30 pm

$200 per team of 4, $50 per individual golfers. $25 per Dinner and Music Ticket.
Details can be found in the flyer below. The flyer and registration form are both available to download and print through the buttons below. Questions? Call HCCF - 989-269-2850.

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HCCF Scholarship Reception

Over 175 people gathered to celebrate the Huron County Community Foundation’s Scholarship Recipients at the first ever HCCF Scholarship Reception on Sunday, April 28th. The event, hosted at Verona Hills Golf Club, was attended by local philanthropists, the business community, school representatives, and scholarship recipients with their families.

Jessi Severance addressing the recipients at the HCCF Scholarship Reception on April 28th.

Jessi Severance addressing the recipients at the HCCF Scholarship Reception on April 28th.

“We wanted to host an event celebrating the collective impact of our generous scholarship donors and sponsors when it comes to supporting education and celebrate our 45 outstanding recipients” said HCCF Executive Director, Mackenzie Price Sundblad. Prior to the award announcements, the recipients heard from previous HCCF Scholarship recipient and local business owner, Jessi Lynn Severance. Severance, who, with her husband Brad, owns and operates Emma’s Coffeehouse and Bad Axe Club Fitness, spoke to the recipients about finding opportunities to pursue their passion and have a fulfilling career right here in Huron County. Severance’s message was echoed by Price Sundblad, who discussed the HCCF’s priority of assisting graduates with educational costs through scholarships, but also providing a network and resources to retain our homegrown talent.

During the awards ceremony portion of the event, 45 Huron County students received over $95,000 in scholarships. The 2019 awards propel HCCF’s total scholarship impact over $750,000 since their inception in the late 90’s. “Our community is incredibly generous, especially when it comes to our young people and we are humbled to be the steward of those community assets,” noted Price Sundblad.

The 2019 HCCF Scholarship Recipients

The 2019 HCCF Scholarship Recipients

Apple Blossom Wind Supports Vibrant Communities

Sempra Renewables recently made a $15,000 gift to the Pigeon Community Fund of the Huron County Community Foundation (HCCF). Sempra Renewables, operator of Apple Blossom Wind LLC, through its partnership with HCCF has given back to the Pigeon community annually. Sempra Renewables is in the process of being acquired by AEP, a company based out of Ohio. While the name will change, the interest in the community will remain strong. “We’re excited to make a positive impact on the community and we appreciate all of the local support we’ve had”, said Andrew Johnson, Wind Facility Manager for Apple Blossom Wind.

The gift was given to the HCCF Pigeon Community Fund, a fund dedicated to supporting projects in and around the Village of Pigeon.  The Fund is advised by a committee of individuals who live or work in Pigeon, including Dwight Gascho, Susan Meyerseick, Chris Wurst, Don Faupel, Jeff Leipprandt, and HCCF Board of Trustee Member Michael LePage.

The $15,000 gift supported two community projects, as well as the Pigeon Community Fund endowment. $10,000 was awarded to the Pigeon Events Center, formerly the VFW Hall, for continued improvements to the grounds, including landscaping. In the past two years, the Pigeon Community Fund and Sempra Renewables have provided $15,000 of support to this project for the Village of Pigeon. The facility is currently used for weekly exercise classes, civic club meetings, fundraisers for community causes, and private events

An additional $3,500 contribution was awarded to completion of the Scheurer Path to Fitness, located in the Village Park. The final $1,500 was invested for the future of Pigeon and was added to the Pigeon Community Fund Endowment at HCCF, to be a source of grants for community projects for generations to come.

HCCF Executive Director, Mackenzie Price Sundblad, noted the great partnership that HCCF has established with Apple Blossom Wind. “It’s great to have partners that support the community and see the bigger vision. These two projects both enhance public spaces, which is right in line with HCCF’s Strategic Priority of creating dynamic and vibrant communities.”

EMS Training -- Tuition Reimbursement Program

To further our Strategic Priority of “Retaining and Attracting a Talented, Trained Workforce”, HCCF is excited to our announce our partnership with Scheurer and Sanilac Medical Services to offer tuition reimbursement for four aspiring EMTs.

The current EMT shortage is a nationwide issue that directly impacts our local service providers. Scheurer and Sanilac Medical Services are offering an EMS Training this April. We are proud to provide a $4,500 grant to support tuition assistance for local individuals seeking to become an EMT.

Return the below application to Louise Hunt, EMS Manager (huntl@scheurer.org ) by March 29th, 2019 to be eligible.

Placemaking Grants

Placemaking: re-imagining and reinventing public spaces to bring people together; capitalizing on a community’s assets and potential with the intention of creating public spaces that promote health, happiness, and well-being

The Huron County Community Foundation recently conducted interviews and surveys to determine our new Strategic Priorities. These Priorities allow us to focus our time and resources where the community sees the greatest need. One priority area is creating dynamic and vibrant communities. To that end, we are hosting a Placemaking Grant Competition specifically designed to spark community conversations, invest in public spaces, and bring ideas to life in Huron County.

The County is divided into four regions for the Placemaking Grant Competition (click here to see the map). Each regional winner is guaranteed at least $1,000 to bring their idea to life! Awards will be made based on three different criteria –

1)    Community Voice (aka Facebook voting)
2)    Panel of Judges at the Pitch Event
3)    Public Vote at the Pitch Event

 Here's how it works:

  1. Have an idea that will improve a public space in Huron County (ex. Community signage to make your area more walker friendly, public art installations, bike racks, public events hosted in community spaces, murals, public gardens, little free libraries, disk/foot golf)

  2. Submit the idea by emailing a one paragraph description of the project, your name and contact information, the region in which your project will be implemented (see attached map), and an image that represents the idea to hccf@huroncounty.com by 4 p.m May 1. Click here to see a sample submission.

  3. If your idea meets the qualifications, your idea will be unveiled on the HCCF Facebook page for the first wave of voting, Community Voice, on Monday, May 6. Get everyone you know to vote for your idea on the HCCF Facebook Page between May 6th and May 13th.

  4. Gather your friends, family, neighbors, and community leaders and attend the Pitch Event at the Port Austin Gym on May 16th for an evening of collaboration, granting, and fun! Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with Pitches starting at 7 p.m. At the Pitch Event, a panel of judges and attendees will hear brief (1 minute or less!) presentations on each proposal. At the end of the presentations, everyone votes by secret ballot.

  5. If your idea has the highest total score, based on Community Voice (25%), the Panel of Judges (50%), and the Public Vote (25%), you will receive $1,000 to implement your Placemaking idea in the community!

View the grant guidelines below for additional information!

Executive Director Earns CFRE


CFRE International has named Mackenzie Price Sundblad as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Price Sundblad, Executive Director for Huron County Community Foundation, joins over 6,300 professionals around the world who hold the CFRE designation. Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International which include tenure in the profession, education, and demonstrated fundraising achievement. They have also passed a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a fundraising executive, and have agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights.

“The CFRE credential was created to identify for the public and employers those individuals who possess the knowledge, skills, and commitment to perform fundraising duties in an effective and ethical manner,” states CFRE International President and CEO Eva E. Aldrich, Ph.D., CAE, (CFRE 2001-2016). “As the certification is a voluntary achievement, the CFRE certification demonstrates a high level of commitment on the part of Ms. Price Sundblad to the fundraising profession and the donors who are served”

CFRE recipients are awarded certification for a three-year period. To maintain certification status, certificants must demonstrate on-going fundraising employment and fundraising results and continue with their professional education. Employers and donors who work with CFREs know they are getting a professional who is committed to the best outcomes for their organization and has the requisite knowledge and skills.

The CFRE certification signifies a confident, ethical fundraising professional. Since 1981, CFRE has set standards for fundraising professionals. As the only globally recognized fundraising certification, CFRE indicates professionalism, confidence, and ethics. It is how today’s fundraiser shows accountability, service, and commitment to making a difference for good. The CFRE certification program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute and is the only accredited certification for fundraising professionals. As the premier global credential for career fundraisers, the CFRE designation is endorsed and supported by the world’s leading professional and philanthropic associations.

CFRE International and the Board of Trustees of HCCF congratulates Mackenzie for achieving the CFRE designation!

HCCF Community Impact Fund

The HCCF Community Impact Fund provides support for the needs of today, with the flexibility to address the opportunities and challenges of the future. This fund is the best way to ensure we can meet the changing needs of our county.

Previously named the Huron County Trust Fund, the Community Impact Fund is an unrestricted fund at HCCF, meaning it is designed to quickly respond to new opportunities and proactively work to address upcoming challenges. HCCF was established on the idea of permanent endowments creating a legacy for the future. The Community Impact Fund plays a critical role in ensuring that HCCF has the funding necessary to support our community, for good, forever.

Most funds at HCCF are designated to support different causes, whether that be an organization serving our community, a well-established area of interest or need, or the education of a local scholar. While these funds provide valuable resources to our community, we cannot predict the next area of need or the next organization to need the support of an endowment, which is why the Community Impact Fund is important to the future of our county.

Would you like to help ensure that charitable dollars will always be available to meet the changing needs of our community? Consider a 2019 contribution to the HCCF Community Impact Fund or consider remembering the Community Impact Fund in your estate planning.

Recipients Announced -- Back to School Grants

Over 30 educators from across the county shared with us how they would use $600 to enhance their classrooms. The Grantmaking Committee faced an incredibly difficult task of choosing two recipients.

The 2018 Back to School Grants, supported by the Education Fund at HCCF, are:

Alan Green – Agricultural Science Teacher at Unionville-Sebewaing Area School District – the $600 grant will be used to purchase woodworking equipment to continue to provide students with hands-on learning opportunities and life skills in the classroom

Stewart Kieliszewski – Mechatronics Teacher at Ubly Jr./Sr. High School – the $600 grant will purchase a 3D Scanner for the mechatronics classroom to teach students how 3D scanning can be applied in real life, manufacturing situations

An additional $600 Back to School grant, supported by the Price Family Donor Advised Fund, is awarded to Stephanie Anderson, English Teacher at Bad Axe Public Schools, who will use $600 to continue to expand her classroom library to support the independent reading program she has established with her students.

Congratulations to our grant recipients and our sincere thanks to all Huron County educators for teaching our next generation! Pictures will be coming to the website as soon as the new materials are implemented into the three grant receiving classrooms.

Back to School Grants -- Available Now

Back by popular demand, HCCF is offering "Back To School" grants for 2018! These grants are our small token of appreciation for all that our educators do for our students and our community.

All Huron County educators (pre-K - 12, public and parochial) are eligible to apply for a $600 grant by answering the following question:

"What would you do in your classroom with an extra $600?" Innovative/New/Creative/Fun ideas encouraged!

Email paragraphs to Mackenzie@huroncounty.com prior to 4 pm on October 1 to be consider for these TWO $600 awards.

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HCCF Strategic Priorities Survey

In 2014, the Huron County Community Foundation embarked on its first ever Strategic Priorities Process. This process included polling community stakeholders to figure out what was important to our communities and their future. 

Now, four years later, we are conducting another Strategic Priorities Process! This time around, HCCF conducted over 20 one-on-one interviews with community leaders from Bay Port to Port Hope. These leaders came from the following categories: Business , Community , Public Sector, Education, and Agriculture. These individuals were asked about the positives and negatives in our community, what they would change if they had a magic wand, and questions about how HCCF fits into this puzzle. 

Using the answers from those 20+ interviews, HCCF crafted a county-wide survey, which you can take by clicking the button below. We want your feedback. We are your Community Foundation and we care about the issues facing our entire county. 

The interview information, alongside the data collected from the survey, will be used as HCCF sets its priority areas for funding and community engagement for the next four years. It is our intention to share the results of this survey with groups across the county, because we recognize that collaborative efforts are the key to lasting improvement. If you represent a group that would be interested in hearing more about the results and process, email Mackenzie (mackenzie@huroncounty.com) and she would be happy to come speak with you! 

Thank you for taking part in this process and please attend our Annual Celebration in September (additional details coming soon!) to hear about HCCF's updated Strategic Priorities. 

Huron County College Access Network Seeking Coordinator

A contractor is being sought to coordinate the Huron County College Access Network.  Services shall be provided via a contract with outlined deliverables.  Applications should be submitted in a letter format and include experience and qualifications related to promoting attainment of post-secondary credentials, community collaboration, fund development, and project coordination.   Resumes should be attached to application letters.   Click the button below to access the complete posting!          

Submit questions and applications to Kay Balcer, Interim College Access Network Coordinator, at balcerconsulting@gmail.com

To see the Common Agenda of the Huron County College Access Network, click here.

Grant Follow-Up: Back to School Grants

To start the 2017-2018 school year, we asked educators in our county's schools to answer the following question: What would you do in your classroom with an extra $500? 

We had an overwhelming response (over 60 entries!), but in the end, only two classrooms were chose to receive the $500 grants. Mrs. Yackle's Ag Science Class at Bad Axe and Mrs. Smithers' 3rd grade class at Laker Elementary. 

Mrs. Yackle used the grant to purchase a hydroponics system for her classroom which was used for experiments, research, and eventually, a cooking lesson!

"Our botany class has greatly appreciated the back to school grant for our hydroponic units. Our students have learned about setting up scientific research projects, testing water quality and pH, as well as how hydroponic systems work. To end our project, our students learned how to make fresh salsa which turned into a basic cooking lesson as most of the botany students had never worked with chopping vegetables before. They are all very excited to learn how to can stewed tomatoes in the fall." - Mrs. Yackle.


Mrs. Smithers' Class used their $500 to become published authors! With the grant, each student was able to write and illustrate their own hardcover children's book, complete with stories about what they want to be when they grow up, poems that include the letters of their name, and more. The students learned about the writing and editing process, as they worked on this project for the entire school year.

Members of the HCCF Board and Staff attended their end-of-year "Publishing Party" where the newly published authors walked the red carpet after their name was called. The authors also read their own stories to those in attendance. 

Two $500 grants brought innovation and smiles to two Huron County classrooms! We are proud to support our educators and our next generation however possible.

2018 Grant Schedule & YAC Grants

Below is a recent press release outlining 2018 grant opportunities and announcing the last of the YAC grants from 2017!

The Huron County Community Foundation is excited to announce the 2018 grant schedule for both HCCF Grants and grants from the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC).

“We’ve received feedback from past grantees and organizations around the county about the structure of our grant cycles, so for 2018, we are making some changes” said HCCF Executive Director Mackenzie Price Sundblad. In past years the YAC has awarded grants to programs impacting youth in the Spring and the HCCF Board has done one grant round in the Fall to make awards from the rest of the funds. This year, both the YAC and the HCCF Board will be conducting two grant rounds a piece.

“Our goal with the additional rounds is to support time sensitive projects that are positively impacting our community” added Price Sundblad. The new grant rounds will be as follows. The HCCF Board will receive grant applications in February and August starting in 2018. The Youth Advisory Committee, a coalition of young people from each of the county’s high schools, will accept grants impacting youth in April and December of each year. Priority funding areas for both the YAC and HCCF Grants will be listed on the information page of the grant applications, which will be available on the HCCF website.

The YAC recently implemented their second cycle during December 2017. The YAC made grant awards to Country Corners 4-H Club and the Thumb Area STEAM Showcase. Country Corners 4-H will be updating the display cases in the 4-H Building at the Huron Community Fair. The Thumb Area STEAM Showcase, hosted by the Huron ISD, is in its third year under the current name and provides a free venue for students to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math related activities and careers.

When asked how those interested would know specific dates for the grant cycles in February, April, August, and December, Price Sundblad said the following. “The best ways to stay up-to-date on when the grant cycles officially open and we are accepting applications is through our Facebook page and our E-Newsletter. Be sure to find us on Facebook or sign up to receive the electronic newsletter through our website, because those are the first two places that hear about our grant cycles.” Those will also be the place the HCCF announces any special grant cycles, like their recent Back to School and Thankful Thursday grants.

Coming Soon: Thankful Thursdays

This time of year is always a time a of reflection and gratefulness as we prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday next month. In that spirit, this year, HCCF will be doing a mini grant opportunity called "Thankful Thursdays" every Thursday in November leading up to Thanksgiving. Each week a $500 grant will be given to a non-profit organization serving Huron County! This is our small way of saying "Thank You" to the local non-profit organizations that meet the needs of our community. 

Here is how "Thankful Thursdays" will work:

  1. HCCF will post the "Thankful Thursdays" graphic on our Facebook page each Monday (starting October 30)
  2. Comment the name of your favorite non-profit organization on the "Thankful Thursdays" post any time between Monday and Thursday at 11:30am; one comment per Facebook user per week will be counted towards entry in the drawing
  3. HCCF staff will count the comments for each organization. Every comment posted before 11:30 am earns the organization one entry into the drawing.
  4. Thursday (November 2, November 9, and November 16) at noon, we will draw out a name of a non-profit who will be awarded $500!

It's as simple as commenting one time per week and staying tuned on Thursday to see who wins! 


Fine print: One comment per week per Facebook user will be counted as an entry. Once an organization has been awarded a Thankful Thursday grant, they are not eligible for the following weeks "Thankful Thursday" drawings. All grant decisions are subject to approval by the HCCF Board of Trustees.

Back To School Grants Awarded

At our 2017 Annual Celebration, HCCF announced a "surprise" grant round for our county's educators. We dubbed this $500 mini-grant opportunity our Back to School Grant. 64 teachers from across the county submitted their answer to the following question--

What would you do with an extra $500 for your classroom?

Answers ranged from school supplies to snacks, archery equipment to flexible seating, and literacy initiatives to push-up buzzers. Our Grantmaking Committee had the incredibly difficult task of choosing one teacher to receive the $500 grant. Thanks to an anonymous gift to the Price Family Fund, the award was doubled, allowing the Grantmaking Committee to choose two educators to receive their $500 wishes. 

Our two Back to School Grant recipients are Vicki Yackle of Bad Axe Public Schools and Amy Smithers of EPBP Laker Elementary! Mrs. Yackle will be adding a hydroponics growing system to her classroom and Mrs. Smithers' students will be published authors by the end of 3rd grade. Read their full paragraphs below. Thank you to all of our educators for your tireless work of educating the next generation! We appreciate all you do! 

If I were to be granted $500 to spend on school supplies, I would buy a dutch bucket hydroponics system, pH solution, and a new pH tester for for my botany students.  This system include 4 individual hydroponic units with separate nutrient tanks and pumps so the students could run a control and 3 experiments for tomato growth all year round.  Then the produce would be used in class to teach the students how to make homemade salsa and tomato sauce.  It could also be used in our cafeteria salad bar.  My goal in introducing hydroponics into our curriculum is to encourage healthy eating in a fun way.  Many of my students did not realize that tomatoes when grown indoors actually have a 10 month growing cycle until we discussed this project in class.  I currently have grow lights in my room so adding this system would greatly expand their hands-on opportunities in our plant science curriculum.

My name is Amy Smithers.  I teach 3rd grade at Laker Elementary School. If I were to be awarded the "Back to School" Grant of $500.00 I would put the money toward a student book publishing project.  I would love for each of my students to be able to work on one published piece of writing per month that then could be put into their very own bound, hard cover published book for them to keep.  Imagine how exciting it would be for students to know that all of their published writing could be placed in their very own hard cover book! Student motivation to write and to become a better writer would increase. The company that I would use to publish the books is called "Student Treasures Publishing".  I would also need to purchase a variety of Sharpie markers to meet the illustration requirement from the publishing company. I appreciate this opportunity to apply for such an amazing grant!