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Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative receives DTE Foundation grant

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The grant from the foundation will be used to fund programs that engage up to 1,500 students

The Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative in Muskegon recently received a grant from the DTE Foundation. The grant will help children in STEM related projects.

The DTE foundation is the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy. The recent 10-thousand-dollar Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative grant from the foundation will be used to fund programs that engage up to 1,500 students. Those students will come from 12 West Michigan schools in STEM-related stewardship projects in their communities.

Lynette Dowler is President of the DTE Foundation and Vice President of Public Affairs. She says the projects help train K-12 teachers around environmental and eco system teaching and training:

“Which will ultimately help our kids from K-12 to explore the importance of the great lakes and our water particularly. And it will help our teachers perform studies with their students all across western Michigan and up to the upper peninsula.”

Dowler says because we live and play in Michigan it could be easy to lose sight of the beatify and power of great lakes.

“So anytime we can get our students invested in doing studies and research and learning about the waters that surround us, it’s just a beautiful opportunity.”

As Dowler mentioned students all the way to the UP will benefit from this grant.

However, she adds the grant went directly to the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District as this is a collaborative between that district and various other community agencies in West Michigan.

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.
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