NCCF engages educators and students

The Northern Chau-tauqua Community Found-ation has established a new initiative, the NCCF Service-Learning Mini-Grants program. As defined by the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse, service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.

Upon completion in 2012 of its Strategic Plan, NCCF identified the need to reach out to educators and students with information on the NCCF and how it strives to make the community a better place. Through the establishment of a mini-grant program, NCCF will work with educators to bring community service opportunities into the classroom. The pilot program began this year in the Fredonia Central School with NCCF awarding $2,845 for the following seven mini-grants:

For The Circle of Love grant students will create pillows for cancer patients in collaboration with the Circle of Love Program and WCA Hospital.

Students participating in the CompassionKNITTER grant will knit scarves, hats, mittens/gloves and lap blankets for families and senior citizens in financial need.

High School students will work with a fourth-grade class in the Story Telling Cornhusk Dolls grant learning about the Seneca Culture and tradition of story telling and doll making.

A Learning to Save grant entails students in the High School Personal Finance Class reading a selection of children’s stories related to personal finance to elementary students who will receive a piggy bank to paint and take home.

Students in The Memory Project grant will create portraits for orphaned or disadvantaged youth from around the world.

Students in the Functional Life Skills Class will teach other students about the importance of recycling through the Recycling 101 grant.

High school students in The Teens as Positive Role Models for Healthy Lifestyles grant program will develop a project to present to students in grades K-8 using what they learn on health and fitness while researching obesity, community statistics, and needs.

The goal of this mini-grant program is to show students the value of community service by introducing them to the needs of the community. NCCF and Fredonia Central School are working together to encourage teaching and learning strategies that integrate meaningful community service for students. To learn more about this program contact NCCF by calling the office at 366-4892 or by e-mail at info@nccfoundation.org.

The NCCF is one of nearly 700 community foundations in the United States today. Founded in 1986, the NCCF is dedicated to improving the community through the promotion of local philanthropy, strategic grantmaking and community leadership. Served by a small staff and governed by an all-volunteer board of directors, the organization has distributed over $9.1 million in the form of grants and scholarships within the community. Truly community in nature, the NCCF is an organization created by and for the people of northern Chautauqua County. For more information, visit www.nccfoundation.org.