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Community Giving Circle awards first grant to The Bridge

CGC Award Presentation 2022
The Community Giving Circle awarded their first $10,000 grant to The Birdge Program! This grant will support expanding student-led business enterprises for 18-21 year-old special education students within USD 232. Community GIving Circle Members donated $100 prior to the gathering on April 21, then helped decide which of the three proposals presented would receive the $10,000 grant for their project! 

Congratulations to The Bridge! 

Learn more about how to become a Community GIving Circle Member > Community Giving Circle Membership 2023

Here is a summary of each of the projects presented:

The Bridge

Currently, the students at the Bridge run three enterprises; The Bridge Dog Treats, The Bridge Craft Shop and a soon-to-open snack shop located at Cedar Trails Exploration Center. The Bridge team will use the grant funds to further expand our enterprises and to open other businesses within the community. The Bridge enterprises are a valuable growth tool for our students to gain experience in job related skills and life skills to become contributing members of the community. These industries provide significant local recognition for USD 232 and The Bridge. Learn more about The Bridge > CLICK HERE.


The CAPS Program at Cedar Trails Exploration Center has 3D printers at that print in PLA (a type of plastic) that are are utilized primarily for prototype designs which are a “low quality” and inexpensive solution typically used in the developing and innovating phase of 3D designs. To match the industry standard of producing “high quality” final draft prints for future ready learning, Stereolithography produces some of the highest quality 3D printed designs in a wide variety of industries even beyond the realm of bioscience namely, automotive, aerospace, and architecture to name a few. The Form 3 from Formlabs will provide the industry standard quality of prints needed. CLICK HERE for more information about CTEC CAPS

Mize Elementary

With this grant, every student and staff member will have the opportunity to build relationships with the community and learn real-life skills through gardening. Each grade level will have the opportunity to expand the already successful Mize garden, including a greenhouse to extend the growing season and providing access for our diverse population of students. Plans are also in place to expand the existing compost area to allocate for additional grade levels collecting lunch scraps. Attaching rain barrels to the downspouts in the garden area can help students understand conservation of water through the water cycle. Each grade level has multiple cross-curricular standards that can be unconventionally met via gardening, composting and rain collection. Collaboration with community partners such as Happy Valley Farm and Bowlin Farm can provide valuable information through experience, along with volunteers from local colleges and the community, the students will form lifetime relationships and build real-world connections along with life long sustainable skills. The vision is first to expand the Mize garden and continue with phases which include working with The Bridge, a grandparent gardening volunteer program, incorporating a student market, more edible landscaping, involving CTE programs - the possibilities are endless! Visit the Mize website > 

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