Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Williams Valley School District Receives Grant from NOAA for Environmental Literacy & Sustainability Project

Williams Valley School District has announced that it has been awarded a grant of $298,411.00 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program. 

Superintendent John Rizzo expressed his delight at this achievement, stating that the funds will be directed towards supporting the Williams Valley School District Science Department.

The grant will be instrumental in implementing the "Williams Valley School District Environmental Literacy & Sustainability" project, which is slated to span three years. 

The project's primary goal is to address the Pennsylvania Science, Technology, Environment, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEELS) standards for grades K-12. By doing so, it aims to enhance outdoor learning opportunities and provide professional development for teachers and staff, fostering a more comprehensive and engaging learning environment.

One of the key aspects of this initiative is the development of a district-wide Environmental Literacy Plan, which is anticipated to impact over 900 students. By actively involving the entire Williams Valley School District team, which comprises at least five members, including two administrators, along with representatives from the PA ELIT Task Force, a systemic implementation for each grade band will be achieved.

Superintendent Rizzo expressed his enthusiasm for this exceptional opportunity to enrich the school's curriculum and create new learning possibilities for their students. The project's scope is expected to bring about a positive transformation in the educational experience of the students and contribute to their understanding and appreciation of environmental stewardship.

The NOAA B-WET program, through which the grant was secured, operates as a competitive grant program. It aims to promote "Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences" that align with rigorous academic learning standards. The ultimate goal is to enhance participants' understanding of watersheds and related ecosystems while fostering a sense of responsibility in safeguarding these vital ecological resources.