Area schools benefit from Gladhill ag grants

October 15, 2007

FREDERICK, Md. - When Franklin and Bess Gladhill made a generous donation to the Community Foundation of Frederick County in 1998 to develop, support and promote agricultural education in public schools, they placed it in an endowment fund to help students every year.

Since then, their gift has supported about 60 grants to schools, totaling more than $40,000.

This year. more than $5,000 in Gladhill Agricultural Education Grants will help students as follows:

· Catoctin High - $750 for 10 students to attend the national FFA convention to develop leadership and floriculture skills

· Green Valley Elementary - $750 to bring the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation's Mobile Agri-Science Lab to fourth-graders in May and $1,100 to bring the Mobile Aquatics Science Lab for a week in March

· Oakdale Middle - $1,100 to teach students various aspects of agriculture each Friday and encourage them to enroll in related classes when they reach high school


· Parkway Elementary - $1,000 to bring the Mobile Agri-Science Lab to expose children in downtown Frederick to agriculture and its importance in their lives

· Urbana Middle - $600 to improve the schoolyard habitat's pond-water quality and sustain native plant and wildlife, providing outdoor education for every UMS student.

Funds donated to Frederick County Public Schools endowments accrue interest for schools to use in developing, supporting and promoting educational programs and activities.

For information about donating to or applying for a grant, contact Dr. Bonnie Ward, FCPS associate superintendent, 301-696-6800. The application deadline for the next round of grants is September 2008.

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