Another Environmental Education Center Grant!

The Education Foundation received a $1,000 grant from the the Middleton Endowment for kits and equipment at the Pheasant Branch Environmental Education Center at Kromrey.

The award was one of four announced at the Middleton Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Get Moving Middleton breakfast meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn on Thursday, Dec. 3. Board members Tom Kobinsky and Rick Sanders attended on behalf of the Foundation.

It is the fourth grant totaling $13,000 the Foundation has received for the Center. The Foundation a $10,000 grant from the American Girl Fund for Children in late October. The Foundation also was awarded two $1,000 grants, from Madison4Kids in mid-September, and from the National Resources Foundation of Wisconsin C.D. Besadny Conservation Grant Program in early October.

“This is more great  news for our students and we are extremely grateful for the financial support from Middleton Endowment,” said Foundation executive director Perry Hibner, who was also on hand for Thursday’s announcement. “We have made it a priority to find funding for the Center this year and the $13,000 will go a long ways to ensuring that every student in the District will be able to visit the Conservancy this year and learn more about environmental education.”

Middleton Endowment also awarded grants to the Dean Foundation for Health, the Friends of the Performing Arts Center, and REACH-A-Child as part of its fall cycle.

REACH-A-Child received a $950 grant to purchase a computer for an intern. Their mission is to collect and provide books and drawstring backpacks to help first responders comfort children in times of crisis.

The Friends of the PAC received a $650 grant to cover the costs associated with a musical production of “Rumpelstiltskin” in January 2016 by the Missoula Children’s Theater. The residency week includes 15-20 school workshops and two performances.

The Dean Foundation received a $500 grant for its Benevolent Specialists Project Free Clinic, the only one in the area dedicated to providing quality health scare by volunteer professionals to those without insurance or underinsured.

“We were once again delighted with the number and quality of grants reviewed,’’ MCE chair Dan Loichinger said. “We want to thank our generous donors for their support. It’s only through their efforts that we can continue to fund quality projects. And we hope more in our community will consider giving so we can provide more grants to deserving organizations.”

The ME Advisory Committee also voted at its November meeting to award a scholarship to a graduating senior in the District starting in 2016. The amount will likely be between $500 and $1,000. The scholarship will be named after Andy Lewis, who has served on the advisory committee since Middleton Endowment’s inception in 2009.