Berrien County teachers awarded classroom mini grants

BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. - The Berrien Community Foundation awarded grants to 18 teachers in Berrien County to help fund special projects in their classrooms.

Each of the 18 teachers were given up to $500 through Golden Acorn Classroom Mini Grants.

Grant money will be used for things like athletic equipment and maple syrup tree-tapping kits.

Countryside Academy FARE class instructor Kathy Hollacher teaches classes on food and nutrition and will be using the grant money to teach her students about maple syrup.

“My plan is for us to tap the maple trees in front of the school and teach students about how maple syrup is made and why trees give us sap,” Hollacher said. “I really appreciate receiving this grant because it gives me an opportunity to expand what I already teach on.”

Hollacher said her and her students will eventually cook the sap and use it to make syrup and candy in the spring.

Teachers from Bridgman High School, Lakeshore Middle School, Brandywine Elementary School, and more earned grants.

Grants are offered twice a year. Applications for the next round of Golden Acorn grants are due on February 15, 2023.

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