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Dozens of West Michigan Schools awarded field trip grants
Dozens of West Michigan Schools awarded field trip grants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Nearly three dozen West Michigan schools are getting a financial boost to help students learn outside the traditional classroom.

The Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs recently awarded more than $55,000 grants to 147 schools as part of its Arts & Culture Trek “Bus Grant” program.  Each school received up to $500 to help cover transportation costs for an arts or culture-related field trip through May 31.

 "These grants subsidize field trips across the state and expose thousands of students to arts, science and humanities experiences that enrich classroom learning.  Many of these trips would not have been possible in a year where most schools are continuing to cope with significant budget cuts," says Marianne Dorais, executive director of Michigan Youth Arts.

This year’s recipients include:

  • Comstock STEM Academy (Kalamazoo)
  • Cooper Elementary (Kalamazoo)
  • Kalamazoo Christian Elementary School (Kalamazoo)
  • Kalamazoo Country Day School (Kalamazoo)
  • Amberly  Elementary (Portage)
  • Angling Road Elementary (Portage)
  • Central Elementary School (Portage)
  • Haverhill Elementary School (Portage)
  • Lake Center Elementary (Portage)
  • Portage Moorsbridge Elementary (Portage)
  • Woodland Elementary School (Portage)
  • Cherry Creek Elementary (Lowell)
  • Appleview Elementary (Sparta)
  • Parkview Elementary (Wyoming)
  • West Godwin Elementary School (Wyoming)
  • Stoney Creek Elementary (Comstock Park)
  • Orchard View Middle School (Muskegon)
  • Ross Park Elementary (Muskegon)
  • Lincoln Park Elementary (Muskegon)
  • Ealy Elementary (Whitehall)
  • Corpus Christi Catholic School (Holland)
  • Jeffers School (Spring Lake)

You can find the entire list of grant recipients here.

Since 2012, the Arts & Culture Trek grants have allowed approximately 46,200 students to travel to more than 200 institutes statewide.  Popular destinations include the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Flint Institute of Music, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Henry Ford Museum and Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

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