At their January 2013 board meeting, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support six projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth. The projects are funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grant program. Funded projects included:
“Beyond Words: A Celebration of Art and Literacy” is an annual event for Sibley Elementary School with over 300 students and their family members participating in the event each year. “Beyond Words” brings students and their families together to participate in art and writing activities. This year, the “Beyond Words” event is scheduled for the evening of April 4th.
Pots for a Cause
Area high school students will make pottery to sell at the popular Arts a la Carte event, scheduled for the evening of April 26th at Northfield High School. The pottery will be available for sale to the community. All proceeds earned from the sale of the pottery will be donated to the local food shelf.
Owl Pellets (Exploring a Spark of Nature)
Fifth graders at Greenvale Park Elementary School will explore the aspect of nature by examining owl pellets and learning about owls and their habitat. Students will also explore the nature center outside the school. This project is designed to help expose students to a potential spark. Click HERE for more information about the “Sparks” program.
Evening of the Arts
Evening of the Arts is an annual school-wide event where Greenvale Park Elementary School celebrates each student’s accomplishments in a variety of art forms (visual, musical and/or performing arts). All students will have artwork on display, and the evening will include student performances and interactive activities for participants. The Evening of the Arts event is scheduled for April 9th.
Watch Me Grow! Partnering with Preschoolers
Senior citizens from Three Links Apartments will visit Longfellow Preschool to participate in a monthly activity with students (ages 3, 4, and 5). The Three Links residents will partner with and engage the young students in activities focused on literacy and small motor development.
Water for Sudan
Inspired by the book, Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park, middle school students plan to sell concessions at the February 2nd Northfield Middle School Speech Tournament. All proceeds from concession sales will benefit the Water for Sudan Organization. This organization helps build wells for people in living in Sudan.
HCI offers Investing in Youth grants to projects and activities that:
- provide the opportunity for young people to develop positive intergenerational relationships with caring adults and/or
- connect Northfield youth with their communities (ex. neighborhood, school, wider Northfield)
Applications are reviewed monthly and are due by the second Monday of the month. Visit www.northfieldhci.org/investinginyouthgrants for more information and to access the easy-to-complete application.