Representative Peter Welch announced Monday a $380,000 grant for a comprehensive economic revitalization project in downtown St. Albans.The federal grant, which Welch secured for the city, will help St. Albans improve sidewalks, streetlights and signage and make other aesthetic upgrades to Main Street and Taylor Park. The project is intended to make downtown St. Albans safer for families and more attractive to businesses. Downtown St. Albans is the heart of this community and the key to its future, Welch said. This grant will put federal dollars to work in St. Albans, spurring economic growth in the area and empowering residents to make decisions about how to improve their community.Welch made the announcement on Main Street in St. Albans Monday morning, alongside Mayor Marty Manahan and City Manager Dominic Cloud. They were joined by Jim Walsh of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, as well as Terry Knight and Karen Bresnahan of St. Albans for the Future.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisToday was the first field trip of the year for 7th grader Hayden Johnston.“Personally when I’m outside the classroom I work a lot better than sitting in a desk, cause it’s a lot harder for me to sit in a desk,” said the Alcona Community Schools student.According to a 2010 study by the American Association of School Administrators, “More than one‐third (36 percent) eliminated field trips for the 2010‐11 school year, 57 percent anticipate doing so in 2011‐12, and 26 percent never considered it.”The association found that budget cuts and decreasing educational programs threaten student learning and achievement. That’s why the schools’ science and STEM teacher Chelsea Neuenfeldt initiated a way to get the entire 7th and 8th grade classes on a field trip to the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan.She said she’s working on a long term program to take students beyond the four walls of the classroom.“Hands on things can be taught in the classroom, but actually getting out there and experiencing it can kind of spark an interest that might not be sparked in the classroom.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious How taxpayers are cheating themselvesNext Car Crashes into Credit Union