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Aspen Heights

for immediate release: September 13, 2011


Elementary School

MEDIA RELEASE

MicroSociety receives Macro Support State Farm provides $68,725 grant to Aspen Heights
MicroSociety, a program at Aspen Heights Elementary School that brings real life to learning, received a major boost with a service-learning grant of $68,725.00 from the Youth Advisory Board of State Farm. Funding from the grant will support a wide range of programming that brings a real world context to student learning. `By creating a functioning miniature society within our school, we bring relevance to leaning and teach individual responsibility while enhancing strong basic skills and higher level thinking,` said coordinator Milton Williams. `This grant will allow us to have an even stronger impact on student learning and achievement. ` The only school in Canada to offer the MicroSociety program, Aspen Heights Elementary School serves 175 students from kindergarten to grade 5. This is a great show of support for the MicroSociety program. We appreciate the tremendous contribution from State Farm and the Youth Advisory Board, said principal Peter Laszuk. This program is having a significant impact on each of our students, bringing real world concepts to life. The funds will allow us to continue to enrich the program and learning for students. Aspen Heights MicroSociety is one of 64 community organizations to receive a youth-led service-learning grant across the United States and Canada. The State Farm Youth Advisory Board has granted over $20.7 million in grant money since its inception in 2006, empowering youth to implement service-learning in 331 communities. An official cheque presentation will be scheduled later this fall once programming is well underway. For more information, please contact: Milton Williams, MicroSociety Coordinator 403-347-2581
More about the State Farm Youth Advisory Board: The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is a diverse group of
30 youth, ages 17-20, who were chosen through a competitive process to lead and oversee this $5 million/year signature service-learning initiative. The Youth Advisory Board identified the issues, issued competitive grants and will now provide technical assistance, communication and oversight to grantees. Applications are available for interested, passionate youth aged 17-20 to become a Youth Advisory Board member. More information can be found at www.statefarmyab.com. Applications must be submitted online by October 3.