Everglades Foundation Awarded Three-Year Grant for Literacy Program From The Batchelor Foundation
Grant provides $150,000 annually to curriculum currently taught
to more than 60,000 students in Florida
PALMETTO BAY, Fla. — The Everglades Foundation, a science-based organization dedicated to protecting and restoring America’s Everglades, has received a three-year grant for its statewide literacy program from The Batchelor Foundation. The award, an evolution of more than a decade of support, provides up to $150,000 per year to the two-year old Everglades K-12 curriculum program that is currently adopted in 11 counties in Florida.
“This support from The Batchelor Foundation will help maintain the steady momentum our Everglades Literacy Curriculum has built since launching on Everglades Day 2014,” said Eric Eikenberg, Everglades Foundation CEO. “We thank The Batchelor Foundation for its continued commitment to South Florida through science and education. We must inspire the next generation of conservationists and scientists, and this multiyear commitment ensures we can continue to educate and inspire more than 30,000 students each year.”
In partnership with Florida Atlantic University’s Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, the Foundation develops teacher-trainings that offer free Everglades lessons and materials for the K-12 classroom. These lesson plans introduce students to key aspects of the Everglades ecosystem, including its watershed, endangered species, water conservation and other topics, to help raise awareness about America’s most important wetland ecosystem. Since its launch in 2014, the Everglades Literacy Curriculum Program has been adopted in 11 counties across Florida and has trained more than 1,250 teachers.
Since 2006, The Batchelor Foundation has regularly supported Everglades Foundation science initiatives, including a recent three-year grant to further the End Point Restoration Plan – a detailed roadmap for getting Everglades restoration back on track to completion, developed by The Everglades Foundation. The Batchelor Foundation was also crucial in facilitating a $1 million gift towards the End Point Restoration Plan from the Enterprise Rental Car founder Jack Taylor.
About The Everglades Foundation
The Everglades Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3), science based organization dedicated to the restoration and protection of America’s Everglades. Founded in 1994 by Paul Tudor Jones II and the late George Barley, the Everglades Foundation’s science, education, communication and advocacy teams work diligently each day to accomplish this goal. For more information, please visit evergladesfoundation.org.
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