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    Silos & Smokestacks Awards $9,700 in Bus Grants to Iowa Schools

    Northeast Iowa – More than 1,700 students now have an opportunity, they may have otherwise missed, to learn firsthand about Iowa’s rich agricultural heritage. This year Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) has awarded $9,700 to 35 schools within the Heritage Area; helping cover the costs of field trips to 27 different SSNHA Partner Sites. Some of the sites that will be visited throughout the school year include; Hansen’s Dairy, Hudson; Heartland Acres, Independence and Hawkeye Buffalo Ranch, Fredericksburg.

    The bus grants, which help to cover the transportation costs associated with field trips to SSNHA Partner Sites; are awarded on a first-received, first-funded basis to accredited Pre K-12 public, private or charter schools located in the Heritage Area; with a maximum of $350 per school building.

    “It’s important that children learn about agricultural and Iowa’s contribution to feeding the world, both past and present. We are excited to offer bus grants that enable students to learn firsthand from visits to both working farms and cultural sites preserving this important story,” commented Don Short, SSNHA President.

    Schools receiving grants include (arranged alphabetically by community):

    AGWSR Community Schools, Ackley; Bellevue Elementary, Bellevue; Northeast Hamilton, Blairsburg; Cleveland Elementary, Cedar Rapids; Lincoln Elementary, Charles City; Washington Elementary, Charles City; Decorah Middle School, Decorah; St. Benedict School, Decorah; Bryant School, Dubuque; Robert Blue Middle School, Eagle Grove; New Providence Elementary, Eldora; Poyner Elementary, Evansdale; Wapsie Valley Elementary, Fairbank; Green Mountain Elementary, Green Mountain; MFL MarMac, Monona; Nashua-Plainfield Elementary, Nashua; St. Joseph Community School, New Hampton; Benton Community Schools, Norway; Osage Middle School, Osage; Nashua-Plainfield Middle School, Plainfield; Postville Community School District, Postville; Preston Community Schools, Preston; Roland-Story Middle School, Roland; Lambert Elementary, Ryan; Rolling Green Elementary, Urbandale; Blessed Sacrament, Waterloo; Highland Elementary, Waterloo; Immanuel Lutheran School, Waterloo; Kingsley Elementary, Waterloo; Kittrell Elementary, Waterloo; Orange Elementary, Waterloo; Sacred Heart School, Waterloo; St Edward Catholic School, Waterloo; Waterville Elementary, Waterville; and West Cedar Elementary, Waverly.

    SSNHA is currently working to raise funds for the 2012-2013 school year. To donate to the SSNHA Education Scholarship Fund, visit and click on “Giving” along the bottom bar.

    Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area is one of 49 federally designated heritage areas in the nation and is an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. The Heritage Area covers 37 counties in the northeast quadrant of Iowa. Interstate 80 borders it on the south and Interstate 35 borders it on the west. Through a network of sites, programs and events, SSNHA interprets farm life, agribusiness and rural communities – past and present.

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