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Michigan schools receive grants to expand STEM programs

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Middle school students in a classroom

More than 200-thousand dollars' in grant funding has been awarded to schools across Michigan to expand STEM programs.

Grant amounts vary from five thousand to 20-thousand dollars.

"Alcona Schools is thrilled to be awarded the STEM grant, says Alcona Schools Superintendent Dan O'Connor. "The district is committed to engaging students in hands-on authentic learning and the STEM grant application is another way for the district to support new and existing initiatives. "

Alcona Community Schools will be receiving around $7,000 from the State Government. O'Connor said the district has not told families about the grant award yet, but plans to do so in the near future.

The funding will be used to create real-world experiences for students to focus on the importance of water and the Great Lakes

Projects include developing an “outdoors at school” curriculum and efforts to learn about local watersheds.

Michael Gonzalez is a fourth year at Central Michigan that majors in journalism. He is from Pinckney, Michigan, will be an intern for WCMU and the Alpena News this summer.