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Auburn Public Schools Receives Grant from Nebraska Environmental Trust

Auburn Public Schools Receives Grant from Nebraska Environmental Trust

Auburn Public Schools announced today that it will receive $220,021.00 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the “Auburn Public Schools Greenhouse and Outreach Center”. The Trust Board announced funding for the project at its meeting on April 7, 2016 in Lincoln. The project is one of the 118 projects receiving $18,799,900 in grant awards from the Nebraska Environmental Trust this year. Of these, 69 were new applications and 49 are carry-over projects.

The APS Greenhouse project is the next step in the creation of an agriculture/natural resources program that touches the lives of our community, state, and nation. The grant funds will be use to build a greenhouse that will serve as a hands-on experience for the students of Auburn Public Schools and our community at large. The greenhouse will become a core piece within the Auburn Public Schools Agriculture/natural resources program.

The overarching goal for Auburn Public Schools Agriculture/natural resources program is to provide an instructionally sound, rigorous agriculture/natural resources curriculum available to ALL regular education and special needs students (i.e., those who are bound for college, community college, technical schools, industry certificated programs, and the world of work) and our community at large. All students interested in agriculture/natural resources will have opportunities to complete multiple agriculture/natural resources pathways that culminate in capstone courses in the following sectors: natural resources, environmental service systems, and agribusiness.

Community partnerships and courses will be developed with the greenhouse as an adult educational setting. Continuing education courses through Southeast Community College and the University of Nebraska Extension Office will be taught in the classroom and greenhouse settings. The courses will allow Auburn Public Schools to extend the reach of the greenhouse beyond our middle and high school students.

The Nebraska Legislature created the Nebraska Environmental Trust in 1992. Using revenue from the Nebraska Lottery, the Trust has provided over $250 million in grants to more than 1,900 projects across the state. Anyone -citizens, organizations, communities, farmers and businesses -can apply for funding to protect habitat, improve water quality and establish recycling programs in Nebraska. The Nebraska Environmental Trust works to preserve, protect and restore our natural resources for future generations.