Announcing our Spring 2020 Grant Winners!
Maine Biology Touch Tank (Yarmouth High School)
Grant applicants: Mr. Chris Hill
When students return to the classroom, YEF will be funding a 100-gallon marine touch tank at Yarmouth High School. Students will be able to study sea creatures of Casco Bay with this hands-on piece of equipment. From scallops to sea stars to baby lobsters and more, the Maine State Aquarium will allow YHS to borrow aquarium animals for use in the tank. Several different science classes will use the tank as part of their studies, and younger students in the district will be able to visit the YHS aquarium as well. YEF is pleased to fund this $9,200 grant.
Vermicomposting (Yarmouth Elementary School)
Grant applicants: Students Emma Moll & Hannah Swift with Mrs. Melanie Moll
YHS Juniors Emma Moll and Hannah Swift will work alongside Yarmouth Elementary School Teacher Mrs. Moll to introduce second grade students to vermicomposting, that’s composting food waste with worms! There will be an indoor worm composting bin in second grade classrooms next year, and students will study how food scraps from snack time can be recycled into valuable compost. To start, the compost will be used in the Yarmouth Community Garden, but when YES construction is complete, the compost will be added to the new school garden. Emma & Hannah will serve as mentors to the younger children during this community project. YEF is excited to fund this $1,500 grant.