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West Geauga High School science teacher Michael Sustin is awarded $10,000 in grant money from the Toyota TAPESTRY Program for excellence and innovation in science education. The TAPESTRY grant will be used to support a study of bobcat and black bear populations in three northeastern Ohio counties.  

" Supporting excellent teachers who can excite and energize their students is a great way to make an impact on future generations," said Michael Rouse, Toyota's vice president of philanthropy and community affairs. “TAPESTRY's reach over the past 19 years has allowed countless numbers of students to be inspired by the possibilities of science education.”  
Sustin’s project, The Return of Apex Predators to Northeastern Ohio, proposes to research and document the permanent residency of bobcats and black bears in three Northeastern Ohio counties and investigate methods of managing for them. It will offer students the opportunity to use real scientific inquiry skills and technology to make a difference in statewide management goals and strategies and to raise awareness and respect for successful conservation efforts. Students will interpret topographic maps and Geographic Information System technology to identify and evaluate potential habitat to use in the study. Students will put in place cutting-edge remote sensing and imaging technology to capture visual evidence of the target species without unnecessary human intrusion. Students will then be challenged to investigate, evaluate and select innovative, effective and efficient wildlife and land management strategies that will promote continued success of bobcats in black bears in the study area. Finally, students will be empowered to realize their own efficacy by publishing and presenting their research findings to supporting agencies and in community forums through printed and electronic media.  

Sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. and administered by the NSTA, Toyota TAPESTRY is the largest annual K-12 science teacher grant program in the United States. Award-winning projects are selected from three critical areas for today’s youth: environmental science, physical science and science applications that promote literacy. Fifty grants of up to $10,000 are awarded each year, along with a minimum of 20 grants of up to $2,500 each. In total, Toyota awarded $550,000 in grants to 82 teachers in 2009. More than $8.5 million has been awarded to 1,064 teams of teachers throughout the program’s 19-year history. ***

West Geauga Middle School students are putting their knowledge about resource use into action for Global Youth Service Day. The school-wide project to increase recycling and decrease use of resources will reap some benefits for conscientious eighth graders on Apr. 24. Students who bring reusable water bottles to the middle school on that day will be eligible for prizes.  West Geauga Middle School is teaming up with Community Partnerships for Youth (CP4Y), a local non-profit formed in 2005 with a mission to promote positive youth development through family, school and community partnerships, to spread the word about an easy way to reduce your use of disposable plastics. The CP4Y Youth Board received a $1,000 grant to launch a service-learning project for Global Youth Service Day on April 24, 25 and 26. The CP4Y high school youth board is one of 100 State Farm® Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grant winners chosen by Youth Service America and funded by State Farm Companies Foundation.

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