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Lassen Land and Trails Trust receives grant money

Lassen County Times of Susanville, California

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U.S. Bancorp Foundation and the Strong Foundation have awarded Lassen Land and Trails Trust (LLTT) grants in the amount of $2,500 and $4,500, respectively, to support the 'Trailside Toolbox," an education program that brings the natural sciences 'in a box' into our county's classrooms. LLTT has partnered with Lassen County Office of Education to develop this resource for teachers in order to assist classroom teachers in meeting the state's core curriculum standards in the sciences.

"We began with the fourth-and fifth-grade classes because their curriculum is focused on these sciences, and the lesson plans integrate math and language skills to strengthen and link the sciences to basic educational skills," said Jessica Gibbs, LLTT's outreach coordinator.

The idea grew out of the recognition that teachers in our schools need to focus much of their classroom time on the basics. In addition, our schools no longer have the resources to bring in special instructors or take students on field trips to study outside the classroom.

Gibbs added, "Education is key to our students' succeeding, considering the natural sciences as a future career path and to developing future stewards of the lands and natural resources LLTT works to conserve for our community's health, well-being and enjoyment."

"Through the U.S. Bancorp Foundation, we provide cash contributions to nonprofit organizations in our priority areas of education, affordable housing and economic opportunity and artistic and cultural enrichment," said Kerri Cobb, US Bank branch manager in Susanville. "We're proud to support this important educational program that brings the natural sciences into the classroom for our students."

LLTT appreciates the substantial support provided by the Strong Foundation, U.S. Bancorp Foundation and additional support which was provided through Walmart's community grants.

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Original Publication Date: January 3, 2012

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