Fulton Neighborhood Association is in its fifth year of providing funding for local programming through the Fulton Small Grants Program. The program is designed to support community engagement and neighborhood youth activities. We are proud to announce the recipients of the 2019 Fulton Small Grants:
Lake Harriet Upper Campus
Award Amount: $1,250
Grant funds will be used to sponsor a presentation by Margaret Hagerman, nationally recognized author of White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America. Hagerman has done extensive research in communities similar to Fulton and examines how affluent white children think about race. Her message is hoped to help Lake Harriet families and Fulton community members re-evaluate their choices and find ways to integrate their lives and support innovative ways to integrate the city. The community will be invited to attend the presentation scheduled for May 1.
Southwest High School Environmental Systems Studies and the Parent Teacher Student Organization
Award Amount: $600
Dr. Angela Erdrich will work with the PTSO Beautification Committee and the Environmental Systems Studies (ESS) teacher, to create two feeding stations on the school grounds for orioles and other songbirds. This project will teach the 124 ESS students about songbirds, loss of habitat and the concept that whatever we do to save birds, will also save the planet. This grant will inspire a life-long love of birds and make possible an important environmental stewardship opportunity affecting the entire school and neighborhood.
Southwest High School Jazz Band
Award Amount: $500
Grant funds will be used support guest artists from the local jazz professional community to work with the jazz ensembles in both large and small settings. By utilizing local, professional musicians, jazz students will be able to develop a relationship with someone locally and receive valuable mentorship. Their increased skills will be on display at the spring jazz concert at the Lake Harriet Bandshell on May 29 and at the Fulton Fall Festival on Sept. 14.
Southwest High School Men’s Basketball Team
Award Amount: $1,750
Grant funds will be used to staff and execute a dedicated study hall program for student athletes either before or after daily practice and/or games. It has been determined that having a consistent time for dedicated study increases student academic performance. Participation in the program will be mandatory for players and they will receive tutoring, test preparation and time to complete homework. Students will also have access to their teachers in this after school time period.