The Apostle Islands Area Community Fund has announced its 2015 annual grant recipients, and included in the list is the Ashwabay Outdoor Educational Foundation.
In its announcement, the Fund said "Eleven nonprofits and agencies received a total of $30,302 in grant money to help each organization better the lives of our neighbors on Madeline Island, Bayfield, and Red Cliff."
The announcement went on to say "This year, the community fund awarded many of the grants to youth programs: Ashwabay, Wilderness Inquiry, Red Cliff Early Childhood Outdoor Forest Classroom, Northland College Summer Camps"
“In the Apostle Islands area, many local parents work in and outside the home, especially during the peak summer employment surge. Since we do not have the typical teen and tweens “hang out” locations like malls and multiplex cinemas, we see a need for productive and healthy outdoor activities like Wilderness Inquiry, Northland College, Red Cliff Outdoor Forest Classroom and Ashwabay. The AIACF youth grants help the nonprofits serving financially disadvantaged families in the Bayfield School District. The Bayfield School District is our service area. This year, the Bayfield School has 100% free lunch programs. The Federal income eligibility guidelines are students in a household of four with income of $31,005 per year or less to qualify for free school meals.” said Madelaine Herder, DSACF Affiliate Officer.
Ashwabay Outdoor Educational Foundation will use the grant money to expand our Scholarship Programs, to fund the popular Friday Youth Nights, and to grow the Junior Ski Patrol. Money will also be used to purchase snowshoes for our Rental Shop, to add more programming and winter outdoor activities.
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