Center for Lakes & Streams Receives National Grant

Release Date: 7/11/2016
Contact Information: Madisson Heinl, 574-372-5100, ext. 6446, heinlmm@grace.edu

Center for Lakes & Streams Receives National Grant

WINONA LAKE, Ind.— The Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College recently received $15,000 from Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. to promote water resource education.

The center will use grant money to improve and expand efforts to increase environmental literacy in Kosciusko County through K-12 programming and the Northern Indiana Lakes Festival.

“Toyota’s support of our educational programs brings attention to our center’s growing effectiveness and importance to the community,” said Dr. Nate Bosch, director of the Center for Lakes & Streams.

The first-ever Paddle Wars is an event organized by the P4C Paddlers for Conservation club, a non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to promoting paddling, education and conservation. For this event, teams of four will participate in a tug-of-war in which two canoes will be tied together stern to stern; the first team to pull their opponent past the center line (rope) wins.

The Center for Lakes & Streams served over 7,000 K-12 students during the 2015-2016 academic year. Public, private and home school students across the county engage in hands-on lake and stream learning experiences through the center’s programs such as the Classroom Lake Experience, Lake Adventure Days and the Lakes & Streams Art Contest.

“Educating students about taking care of our local waterways is important to our county’s growth and development in the future,” said Caitlin Yoder, education coordinator for the Center for Lakes & Streams. “Showing students and children how to take care of our local lakes and streams now is an important part of preserving these natural resources for future generations.”

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. is the marketing, sales, distribution and customer service arm of Toyota, Lexus and Scion. Established in 1957, TMS markets products and services through a network of over 1,500 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealers in the U.S. which sold more than 2.35 million vehicles in 2014. Toyota directly employs more than 34,000 people in the U.S. and partners with philanthropic organizations across the country, with a focus on education, safety and the environment. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyota.com or www.toyotanewsroom.com.

The Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College conducts applicable research, engages and educates residents, and collaborates with other organizations in efforts to make the lakes and streams of Kosciusko County cleaner. For more information or to support their efforts, visit lakes.grace.edu.

 

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Photo:(left to right) John Rice and Dave Illingworth, General Manager and Dealer Principal at Toyota Warsaw, stand with Dr. Nate Bosch, director of the Center for Lakes & Streams. The center received $15,000 from Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. to promote water resource education.