PITTSBURG -- Dow Chemical's Community Advisory Panel has awarded six grants to fund educational projects in East County.

The grant amounts vary from $3,000 to $5,000 for each project, resulting in a total of $24,740 in grant funds awarded.

Here is a listing of the grant recipients and projects:

  • Antioch High School Environmental Studies Academy. Garden Restoration Project: replace greenhouse heater, build a chicken coop, create compost areas, construct a pond and more.

  • Lone Tree Elementary in Antioch. Purchase of six new computers.

  • Independence High School in Brentwood. Biology = Learning Outside: purchase of lab materials that will allow students to explore local ecology, specifically through entomology.

  • Delta Science Center in Oakley. Delta In-Classroom Education Program: purchase microscopes to bring into the fifth-grade science classrooms.

  • Orchard Park School in Oakley. Inquiry-based Science: materials and supplies to equip a science lab.

  • Los Medanos College Foundation in Pittsburg. Nature Preserve Improvement Project: erecting two greenhouses, providing fresh water to promote growth of California native fruits and plants and creating learning tools for visitors.

    The projects were ranked on sustainability, overall impact, community benefits, emphasis and partnership strength.


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    "We were surprised that so few nonprofits and schools applied this year," said Darien Croce, a panel member who participated in the grants review process. "However, we were really pleased with the quality of applications. And nearly all fit Dow's criteria to a 'T' so that made it doubly hard to choose. In fact, we appealed to Dow to allow us to increase the amount of grants just so we could fund some really worthy projects -- and we're grateful they complied.

    "These six projects will have a far-reaching impact in our community."

    Contact Eve Mitchell at 925-779-7189. Follow her on Twitter.com/EastCounty_Girl.