The North Carolina Outdoor Heritage Advisory Council awarded an NC Schools Go Outside Grant to Mooresville Intermediate School.
The $1,500 grant is for the fourth-grade students to visit Emerald Hollow Mine.
Lisa Roberts, a fourth-grade teacher who applied for the grant, said “The MIS fourth-grade team was thrilled to learn that they have been awarded a GO Grant from the Outdoor Heritage Advisory Council, which works to provide the next generation with opportunities to encounter and experience at Emerald Hollow Mine. The grant will be used to defray the cost of the trip for our economically disadvantaged students.”
Roberts detailed the activities on the trip. “On the trip, students will learn about rocks and minerals as they progress through various stations. These include surface collection, where they learn about erosion, creekin’, where they wade in the creek collecting rocks and minerals and sluicing, where students learn the history of the area and guides help them identify the gems they have found. The trip culminates with students packing up their newfound treasures and taking them home to share with their families.”
Rep. John Fraley made the call to Roberts to let her know the grant had been accepted.
“It was an honor to let Mooresville Intermediate School know they were awarded the GO Grant. It is important for our students to be able to have hands-on learning that adds to their educational experiences. They certainly deserve this grant and I look forward to hearing all about their activities,” he said.
Sen. Vickie Sawyer congratulated the school.
“Congratulations to Mooresville Intermediate School on receiving this well-deserved NC Schools GO Grant. I commend the teachers for applying and for taking their students outdoors. The hands-on learning these students will receive will be very beneficial and I look forward to hearing about the activities they are able to do with the grant money.”
OHAC Executive Director Justin Burr said, “Congratulations to Mooresville Intermediate School. I look forward to hearing all about their trip when they return. It sounds like it will provide their students with unique experiences. We understand that funding is often the largest barrier to getting students outdoors, so we are pleased to be able to give $1,500 to Mooresville Intermediate School to offset some of the costs of their trip.”
The NC Outdoor Heritage Advisory Council established NC Schools Go Outside Grants earlier this year. GO Grants are $250 to $2,500 grants that will be provided to access field study locations and assist with other expenditures that result from taking students outdoors.
Qualifying for a GO Grant requires instructors demonstrate how the experience will address topics currently being taught in class and furthers the Outdoor Heritage Advisory Council’s mission.