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For the 2013-2014 Forest Kindergarten year, we relied on generous grants from The Byrne Foundation, The Wellborn Ecology Fund and the Vermont Community Foundation. The majority of these funds, totaling $10,500, was used to hire our Forest Teacher. In addition to planning and preparation for each Friday, Meg co-taught every Forest Friday. In other words, we funded an additional teacher for 1/5 of our student’s school year. We spent a bit on supplies for our students and space, including great puddle pants, a dutch oven, and some back-up cold-weather gear. Being frugal we were able to carry forward over $2,000 of our initial funding into our second year of Forest Kindergarten. For the second year we also were awarded a grant from the Mascoma Savings Bank Foundation.
For the 2015-2016 school year, we’ve secured just about enough funding for two Forest Kindergarten classrooms from the Byrne Foundation. Now both sections at the Ottauquechee School have forest-support teachers one day per week. For about $15,000, these kindergartners have an another teacher for 1/5 of their school year!
We were also able to find support from Antioch University New England to lead a Professional Learning Community for educators local to the Upper Valley region of Vermont. We are working with teachers from four different schools who are taking their classes (kindergarten, third and P.E.) outdoors weekly.
While have found funding to support our Forest Day teaching in Quechee, and to help us cover the costs of hosting professional development for local educators, we continue to provide consultation to teachers around the country at no charge.
Your donation will support the nature-based education of young students across the nation, while at the same time demonstrating to potential grant funders that the idea of Forest Class programming in public schools has public support. Below is one way to donate. By sending us ten dollars, you let us know that you support our work, and you are counted among the supporters of this idea as we seek further funding to support forest classrooms in schools near and far.
Thank you for supporting our efforts to bring outdoor based education to as many students as possible.
Or, do you have a suggestion of possible funding sources we should know about? Drop us a note with your ideas, thanks!
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Forest Kinder 70 Kelsey Mountain Road, Randolph Center VT, 05061
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ForestKinder InspirePay Page – Make a donation of any amount by credit card or PayPal.
– Make a $10 donation directly from PayPal