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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Classroom Opportunities

Grants available for field trips to Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Grants for field trips to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield are available to certain Illinois schools and youth organizations with a high enrollment of low-income children. The application deadline is Sept. 11.
Midwest Generation, an Edison International Co., and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation are offering field trip grants to teachers of grades 4 through 12 in public and private schools that have a low-income enrollment of greater than 30 percent. Not-for-profit youth organizations that serve economically disadvantaged children are also eligible. The grants provide funding to visit the museum at no or reduced cost by deferring the cost of transportation, lunch or educational materials. School groups do not pay a museum admission fee.
Grant applications are available at www.alplm.org/education/grant_application_packet.pdf, and must be postmarked by Sept. 11. The grant awards will be announced in October. In 2008, a total of $20,000 was awarded to 17 schools. For more information, call 217-558-9016 or e-mail randy.wiseman@illinois.gov.

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