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Silos and Smokestacks grant helps fund Iowa field trips

NORTHEAST IOWA (KWWL) -- More than 2,200 students in grades K-12 now have an opportunity to learn about Iowa's rich agricultural heritage.

The Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) Bus Grant Program has awarded $10,000 to 40 schools within the Heritage Area. This is the second year of the grant program.

The funds have been granted to help cover the costs of field study trips to 25 different SSNHA partner sites.

Grants are awarded on a first-recived, first-funded basis to accredited Pre K-12 public, private or charter schools located in the Heritage area, with a maximum of $350 per school building.

"With the high cost of gas and tightening school budgets, we are proud to offer schools the opportunity to visit cultural institutions within the Heritage Area," commented SSNHA President, Don Short. "In many cases, without these funds students would miss the opportunity to feed a goat, milk a cow or walk through a tall grass prairie."

Schools receiving grants include: Anamosa High School, Anamosa; Bellevue Community Schools, Bellevue; Northeast Hamilton, Blairsburg; All Saints School, Cedar Rapids; Erskine Elementary, Cedar Rapids; Grant Early Childhood Education Center, Cedar Rapids; Lincoln Elementary, Charles City; Washington Elementary, Charles City; Clarksville Community School, Clarksville; Coggen Elementary School, Coggen; St. Joseph School, DeWitt; Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School, Dubuque; Robert Blue Middle School, Eagle Grove; Central School, Elkader; Dallas Center-Grimes School, Grimes; Hampton-Dumont Middle School, Hampton; Jesup Community School, Jesup; Cardinal Elementary, Maquoketa; MFL MarMac, Monana; Nashua-Plainfield Elementary, Nashua; Benton Community Schools, Norway; Oelwein Middle School, Oelwein; Peosta Elementary School, Peosta; Preston Elementary, Preseton; Riceville Community School, Riceville; Shell Rock Elementary, Shell Rock; Solon Community School District, Solon; Rolling Green Elementary, Urbandale; Walker Elementary School, Walker; Blessed Sacrament, Waterloo; Lincoln Elementary, Waterloo; McKinstry Elementary, Waterloo; Sacred Heart, Waterloo; St. Edward, Waterloo; Waterville Elementary, Waterville; East Elementary School, Waukon; Carey Elementary, Waverly; Southeast Elementary, Waverly Shell Rock District, Waverly; St. Pauls Lutheran School, Waverly; and North Fayette Community School District, West Union.

SSNHA is currently working to raise funds for the 2009-2010 school year.

For more information about the program or to donate to the SSNHA Education Scholarship Fund, contact Angi Reid, Education & Interpretation Manager at (319) 234-4567 or by emailing

To learn more about SSNHA, please visit

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