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Bosch Community Fund awards $70,000 to area schools, organizations

The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded $70,000 in grants to eight programs in the New Richmond and Shell Lake communities.

The grants provide support for various science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and environmental sustainability programs and activities including curriculum, internships and FIRST Robotics.

“I am excited that Bosch Packaging Technology Inc. can continue to support our communities in New Richmond and Shell Lake to get access to grants from the Bosch Community Fund,” said Alexander Schmitz, general manager of Bosch Packaging Technology Inc.

The grants support programs in New Richmond and Shell Lake:

4 New Richmond School District:

4A $14,349 award supports implementing Project Lead The Way (PLTW) programs and computer-integrated manufacturing programs at New Richmond Middle School.

The district is expanding the curriculum to middle school students. PLTW provides hands-on, project-based K-12 STEM programs with an emphasis on problem solving.

4A $10,000 award provides FIRST Robotics Team 5595 with resources for the 2016-17 season. Participants, with help, build robots and compete against other teams.

4 Friends of the St. Croix Wetland Management District: This $7,500 award provides resources for the STEM College Student Internship, which promotes field-based development of STEM skills while exposing students to real-world experiential learning.

During the 12-week internship, three students receive training on a variety of skills not taught in the classroom but necessary for biological and natural resources careers.

4 New Richmond Area Community Foundation:

4A $7,200 grant helps establish a Geographic Information Science internship within the New Richmond Public Works Department.

The intern uses conservation, technology, statistics and science knowledge to help complete the ongoing public tree inventory. Once complete, the intern

4A $5,857 grant supports the New Richmond School District Farm designed to promote STEM education and sustainability for students and families within the community. The 20-acre farm, a collaboration among the city, airport and school district, produces locally grown food for use in school lunches (surplus is sold to the community); provides students with hands-on learning activities in soil, animal and food science taught by STEM professionals; and gives community members a place to spend time outdoors.

“New Richmond is blessed to have Bosch located in our community. They have supported several of our programs over the last three years with grants to the New Richmond Area Community Foundation,” said Paul Mayer, director and past chair, New Richmond Area Community Foundation.

Since 2012, the Bosch Community Fund has awarded nearly $300,000 in grants to organizations in the New Richmond and Shell Lake communities.

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