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Grant Supports Learning from Nature


Women Who Care of Kent County, a group of women who support nonprofits, recently awarded a grant of $12,000 to Godfrey-Lee Public Schools to support the district Living Learning Lab project.

The grant will be used for professional development, much of it through Blandford Nature Center, and supplies for outdoor learning including nets, binoculars, stumps, fort-building materials and magnifying glasses. It will also cover a community summit on outdoor education, said Carol Lautenbach, assistant superintendent of teaching, learning and accountability.

Over the past two years, the district has been working to develop outdoor-education space on a half-mile stretch along Plaster Creek near the Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center.

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio

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