SCHOLARSHIP & GRANTS
Sustainable Braintree is committed to promoting the study of environmental science in our schools. We believe that an understanding of our natural world will motivate people to try to preserve it. To this end, Sustainable Braintree has funded environmental projects in the Braintree Schools in conjunction with the Braintree Fund for Education (BFFE) teacher grant program. Sustainable Braintree has also established an annual $1,000 scholarship to a Braintree High School graduating Senior who has demonstrated interest in environmental study. We offer our congratulations to the following past recipients and look forward to continuing to support environmental education in Braintree.
BBFFE TEACHER ENVIRONMENTAL GRANT RECIPIENTS
2015 - South Middle School EZH2O Bottle Filling Station
2012 - Braintree High School AP Environmental Energy Audit. Kill A Watt Usage Monitors, a class set of light meters and thermal leak detectors students will be able to conduct energy audits on portions of the High School building. As a result of their investigations they can propose possible solutions with a cost benefit analysis for reducing energy and costs.
Wind Energy Forum at South and East Middle Schools. Students will learn how conventional energy is generated and explore the transfer of energy from mining operations through power plants. Students will also learn how wind turbines create energy by using wind in place of fossil fuels.
Braintree High School Recycling Initiative. The goal of this project is to increase the amount of recycling done throughout the high school. The BHS Green Team will lead the way with new initiatives to encourage staff and students to recycle. Sustainable Braintree applauds these programs and congratulates the Braintree Schools for their support in promoting environmental responsibility.
2011 - Teacher Bill Glover developed a rain garden at East Middle School to be used as both an educational site and a filter for excessive amounts of runoff water. Once established, the garden will become a viable teaching space where students can see untreated water diverted, and multiple plants coexisting with diverse groups of organisms, demonstrating a symbiotic relationship.
Teacher Catherine Avellino will enhance a previously established garden at Ross Elementary School by recycling used materials to make compost. Through the use of a composter and cold frame garden beds, students will discover the powerful energy of the sun.
Sustainable Braintree joined Bogan Tree and Skinner Overlook to support teacher Lisa Milligan at East Middle School in the design and implementation of a new Nature Trail.
2010 - Teacher Catherine Avellino, Ross Elementary School,
$1,000 from the BFFE to construct an outdoor classroom at the
School enabling students to learn in an outdoor environment.
2009 - Teacher Betsey Willis, South Middle School, $500 from the BFFE for “Science through Solar Panels,” purchasing and installing a solar panel in her classroom. 2009 - Teacher William Glover, East Middle School, $500 from Sustainable Braintree and $500 from the BFFE for “The River Study” where Mr. Glover’s students collected
and analyzed water samples from Smelt Brook in Pond Meadow Park.
2009 - Hollis Elementary School Outdoor Garden
Jessica Tran. Jess is attending Stony Brook University majoring in Marine Biology. As the president of the Environmental Club at the High School she has worked on creating a native species tank as well as help Project Prove with their composting and organic garden.
Robert Kearns. Robert is attending the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Studying Environmental Science. Robert was actively involved in town as President of the Environmental Club at Braintree High School where he worked on an initiative to create a rain garden. He also is a strong advocate for the Monatiquot River Restoration and instrumental in the annual Monatiquot River Clean Up.
Saydia Williams is attending Simmons College, majoring in Asian Studies, Sadiya was actively involved as President of the Environmental Club at Braintree High School where she advocated for Sustainability initiatives.
David Desmond, David is an involved environmentalist, Eagle Scout, and an avid recycler at Braintree High School. David will continue his education at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York and will be entering their Aeronautical Engineering Program.
Lauren Hill. Lauren will be attending the University of New Haven
in West Haven, Connecticut in the fall of 2012, where she will study
environmental sciences as part of the University's Marine Biology
Program. Here Lauren receives her scholarship check from
Christine Sullivan, member of the Steering Committee.
Claire Folan. Claire attends the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Bourne, where she is pursuing a degree in Marine Engineering.
Maggie Kwong. Maggie is continuing her education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and minoring in Microbiology. She is considering pursuing research and hopes to conduct research at university locations around the world.