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Churchill educators receive grant

Churchill Elementary educators Sarah Greer, Karen Rosen, Janet Husby and Rick Sievert were awarded an $800 Target Field Trip Grant, designed to help bring learning to life for students.

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Churchill Elementary educators Sarah Greer, Karen Rosen, Janet Husby and Rick Sievert were awarded an $800 Target Field Trip Grant, designed to help bring learning to life for students.

These third-grade teachers were selected from more than 16,000 applicants from around the country.

The teachers used the grant to take 98 students to the Paulucci Space Theater in Hibbing on Feb. 16.

With the nation's schools facing increasing budget shortages each year, field trips are often one of the first elements eliminated from the curriculum. The Target Field Trip Grants Program, which launched in September 2006, distributed 800 grants totaling nearly $800,000 to education professionals throughout the U.S. to help fill this gap so that teachers may continue using the valuable experiential learning gained from field trips to enhance students' classroom studies. More than 110,000 students will take field trips thanks to the grants.

Criteria for the selection of grant recipients included: the description of the field trip and its objectives, the benefits to students, the tie-in to the school curriculum, the number of students who would be impacted, and the proposed use of funds. Funds may be used to cover cost of transportation, entry fees, supplies and equipment and resource materials.

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Applications for the 2007-2008 Target Field Trip Grants Program will be available online at Target.com/teachers beginning Sept. 1.

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