Donation aids Emerald
MANISTIQUE – Emerald Elementary School recently received a $2,000 grant to help fund an ongoing project to create a new ball and activity field. The grant, from the Plum Creek Foundation, brings the school one step closer to the amount needed to finish the area.
According to Emerald Principal Erik Mason, the new area, located in the open lot behind the school, will increase physical activity opportunities for both Manistique Area Schools’ students and Manistique residents. “We recognize the need to provide safe and accessible play areas for all children and families in Manistique,” Mason said. “Thanks to the help of the Plum Creek Foundation, we are getting closer to the completion of this new play area.”
Since 2009, the MAS Coordinated School Health Team has been obtaining various grants to complete additional stages of the field project. Thus far, a backstop and sections of fencing along the first and third baselines have been installed.
The grants received include: a 2010 from the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians Strategic Alliance for Health Project for $2,387; a 2011 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan – Building Healthy Communities program for $2,390; and a 2012 Healthy People 2020 grant for $1,500. Along with the Plum Creek Foundation grant, the school needs only $3,700 to finish the project.
The Plum Creek foundation board meets quarterly to review applications submitted from organizations in the company’s operating communities. Visit the Community Involvement page at www.plumcreek.com to download an application.