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Bemidji School Board: District to consider grant applications

A variety of grant applications are up for review when the Bemidji School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 15, in the Bemidji High School Media Center.

Kathy Palm, director of Curriculum and Administrative Services for the district, listed four grants for which she will ask the board members to consider submitted applications:

- Paula Lind, Bemidji High School social worker, prepared a grant application to the Region 2 Arts Council for up to $5,000 for arts projects. The goal of the grant would be to support students in writing, directing and performing theater pieces about concerns youth face such as peer pressures and family problems.

The object would be to let students know they are not alone in their concerns and that help is available. The grant would allow students to reach out to other young people.

The grant startup would be April 1, with Sarah Baker providing in-kind coordination and Jeremiah Liend directing the program.

- Sue Nokleby, Bemidji school nurse, prepared a Home Depot grant application for $2,500 to develop a school garden. The purpose of the grant would be to buy tools and materials for a garden at Solway Elementary School. The produce would be used in the school meals programs at the school and for the Summer Food Service Program at Bemidji Middle School.

- Travis Guida, BHS Work Experience Program coordinator, prepared a Region 2 Arts Council grant for up to $5,000 for arts and history awareness. The funds would be used for transportation to and from the Twin Cities for a trip focused on social studies and arts curriculum.

The goal would be to give students the opportunity to travel to Minnesota historic sites and become aware of the arts. Because the Work Experience Program meets social studies graduation requirements, students would also research state institutions prior to the trip.

- Kim Goodwin, BHS Health Careers teacher, prepared a grant application for $5,000 from the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Education. The goals of the grant would be to bring an awareness of health careers to an alternative school, connect students with long-term care facilities and residents, allow for field trips and shadowing in various health careers, and give staff members training opportunities.