Recent Awards

2013 K-12 Educational Grants

The Dominion Foundation has awarded educational grants to 88 K-12 schools and institutions for the 2013-14 school year. Choose a location below to view the recipients.

2013 – 2014 Grant Recipients


2013-14 Academic Year:

Connecticut Science Center in Hartford was awarded $5,000 to support environmental education for 6th and 7th grade students. The Connecticut Science Center will partner with Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School to provide professional development for teachers and field trip programs for students.

Ella T. Grosso Southeastern Technical High School in Groton was awarded $10,000 to support “Electrifying our Future,” a project that will convert a gasoline-powered car to an electric car. The project will empower students to promote alternative energy concepts and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Interdistrict School for the Arts and Communications in New London was awarded $10,000 to support the study of the effects of human activity on the environment in 6th grade science classes. The year-long unit incorporates hands-on experimentation focusing on the interdependence of all things in an ecosystem.

Kolbe Cathedral High School in Bridgeport was awarded $5,000 for students to investigate ways to mitigate or eliminate negative impacts from natural disasters in an urban environment using civil engineering, environmental science and biology.


2013-14 Academic Year:

Ballenger Creek Middle School in Frederick was awarded $3,000 to purchase renewable energy lab kits which include a miniature wind turbine, solar photovoltaic panel, an electrolyzer, a fuel cell, and hydrogen storage system for students to explore clean energy principles.

Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound was awarded $5,000 to support environmental learning in Calvert County Schools where high school students will see hands-on the negative environmental impacts, and learn ways to restore the ecosystems in and around the Chesapeake Bay.

Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation in Havre de Grace was awarded $7,500 to enrich the teaching of agricultural, environmental and natural resource science to elementary school students in Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Prince George's and St. Mary's counties by using mobile science laboratories .

Middletown High School was awarded $1,000 to introduce elementary and high school students to the process of investigating and analyzing a fresh water stream ecosystem. High school students will serve as mentors to the elementary students while exploring the local watershed and human impacts on trout habitats.

The Calverton School in Calvert was awarded $7,500 to create the STEM Teacher Academy with a focus on energy and environmental conservation in the classroom. The academy will be available to elementary schools from both public and private schools for professional development.

Yellow Springs Elementary in Frederick was awarded $1,000 to purchase K’Nex Math and Geometry kits to enrich the curriculum in grades 1-5. The kits will provide a hands-on tool during classroom and small group instruction to support math, vocabulary, problem solving and logical reasoning.

North Carolina

2013-14 Academic Year:

Manteo High School was awarded $1,000 for their “Boost Our Buoy project.” The funds will convert the existing buoy to solar power and radio transmission in order to continuously transmit local water and air quality data.

University of North Carolina Coastal Studies Institute was awarded $10,000 to foster student interest in science, technology, engineering and math through project-based, coastally-relevant education programming for grades 9-12 in northeastern North Carolina.


2013-14 Academic Year:

Akron Public Schools in Summit County received $10,000 for at-risk rising 9th graders to attend a day camp at Cuyahoga Valley National Park, where they will participate in project-based learning activities focused on human impact on the watershed.

Boy Scouts of America – Great Trail Council in Summit County received $6,000 to assist with the Engineering Merit Badge program, which will be taught to scouts at Camp Manatoc. The camp will also partner with Ohio Natural Gas and Oil Industry, to provide career-based education programs to teens.

Elida Middle School in Allen County received $400 to implement the program “Hands-On Geometry.” The program will allow 6th graders to enhance math skills through lessons focusing on multiplying and dividing fractions, as well as practice quantitative reasoning skills.

Ely Chapman Education Foundation in Washington County received $4,000 for the “Sustainable Energy for Every Kid” after-school-program, where K-8 grade students will participate in activities from basic energy concepts to hands-on projects linked to sustainable energy, and promoting environmental stewardship.

Friends of Metro Parks in Summit County received $10,000 to implement the program “Outside Is In,” targeting Akron Public School 6th grade students. The program will introduce urban youth to the outdoors and presents environmental science concepts in a fun, interesting and hands-on experience.

Hathaway Brown School in Cuyahoga County received $3,800 to support the “Sun Charger Design-Build-Learn” project. Students will build a solar-powered recharging station in the central atrium of the school. Teachers will develop supporting curriculum on energy, electricity and climate change.

Lake Catholic High School in Lake County received $9,000 for the purchase of an aquaponic system to enhance science and math education for high school and elementary school students. High school biology students will be responsible for the design, monitoring and care of the system.

National Inventors Hall of Fame Akron Public Schools in Summit County received $10,000 for “Biomimicry Education: Nature Inspired STEM Teaching and Learning” project. The focus will be to establish a replicable process for teacher professional and curriculum development using the environment as a way to enrich science-based education for middle school students.

New Philadelphia City Schools in Tuscarawas County received $900 for upper elementary students to design and build programmable robots using motors, sensors, gears, wheels and axles, and other technical components.

Our Lady of the Lake School in Cuyahoga County received $5,000 for students to explore the environment of the Lake Erie shoreline, learning about algae bloom, toxins that affect drinking water, and the invasive species that threaten the health of the lake.

Shaker Lakes Regional Nature Center in Cuyahoga County received $10,000 to implement an environmental education program entitled “ASK!” (Applied Science for Kids). The Nature Center will collaborate with Cleveland Metropolitan School District, to reach nearly 7,600 young children and their teachers, and enhance their knowledge of the environment through a series of indoor and outdoor activities.

Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Summit County received $6,000 to implement a science based curriculum developed with the Akron Public Schools that provides on-site, experiential STEM science learning opportunities for 4th and 5th grade students.

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History in Cuyahoga County received $10,000 to support the “Inspire: Reach Every Child” program, a collaborative effort with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. “Inspire” will engage every second grade student in a unique science learning experience.

University Settlement, Inc in Cuyahoga County received $10,000 for their “Green STEM Program,” which is part of the Out-of-School Time programs aimed to make the study of Science, Technology, the Ecology, and Mathematics more accessible to the youth in the Cleveland area, and to increase interest and exposure to the environment and STEM.

Woodridge Local in Summit County received $4,900 to allow high school students to explore solar, wind and fuel cells, how each are developed and applied in the environment. They will learn about alternative and renewable energy sources, how new technologies are developed and applied.


2013-14 Academic Year:

Hollidaysburg Area Senior High in Blair County received $5,000 to expand and enhance the environmental educational areas, specifically the Tiger Nature Sanctuary, at the school. Students will design, build and utilize an outdoor classroom and nature trail that will focus on habitat restoration and wildlife observation.

Lancaster Catholic High School in Lancaster County received $5,000 to encourage 11th grade students to have a sense of responsibility and ownership of their environment, as they learn about water cycle, watersheds, wetlands and water pollution and conservation.

Park Forest Middle School in Centre County received $3,000 to enhance the current science curriculum for middle school students. The program, “Microbial Fuel Cells: Renewable Electricity Producing Clean Water,” will allow students to design, build, test and evaluate fuel cells.

Propel Schools Foundation in Allegheny County received $7,000 to increase students understanding about energy efficiency. High school students in the Environmental Club will design and implement an energy efficient education program for grades K-12 and their families. They will learn and teach about energy efficiency, conservation habits, renewable and non-renewable energy.

Rhode Island

2013-2014 Academic Year:

Save the Bay, Inc., in Providence was awarded $5,000 to continue two environmental education programs for urban public schools. The grant will help to replicate existing programs which follow an experiential science education model with a focus on marine science and expand the programs to a state-wide model.

The Smile Program at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston was awarded $5,000 to provide students with project-based learning experiences focused on the impacts of storm water runoff pollution on the local watershed. Students will lead projects in the community to improve water quality.

Vartan Gregorian Elementary School in Providence was awarded $5,000 for their program “SEEK!” (Science, Environment, Energy, and Kids!). The program provides students the opportunity to enrich science and math curricula through hands-on exploration of Narragansett Bay.

Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council in Providence was awarded $5,000 for “Fish in the Classroom” program in fourth-grade classes. The program includes field trips to the river for habitat observation, daily care and observation of trout in their aquarium habitat and finally, a fish-release into the Woonasquatucket River.


2013-14 Academic Year:

Albert Hill Middle School in Richmond was awarded $1,000 for “Planting the Seeds of Knowledge” which will teach students an appreciation of nature through gardening. Students will explore scientific topics such as food webs, energy flow through ecosystems, watersheds, erosion and pollution.

Armstrong High School in Richmond was awarded $1,000 for students to conduct research on energy solutions to meet emergency needs during times of crisis. Students will learn to produce biodiesel, bioethanol and clean drinking water.

Belvedere Elementary School in Falls Church was awarded $1,500 create a school-wide seedling nursery to connect education with ecological restoration and community service. Students will learn about life-cycles, habitats and ecosystem functions while practicing skills like measurement, computation and identification.

Bowling Green Elementary School in Caroline County was awarded $2,500 to create an outdoor garden where students will study the environment while engaging in math and science activities. The garden will include native and non-native plants and bird habitats.

Briar Woods High School in Ashburn was awarded $1,000 to expand their current robotics program to include a class solely dedicated to robotics. Students will learn about various interrelated topics, like programming, designing and building their own robots.

Brunswick County Public Schools in Lawrenceville was awarded $4,000 to support an outdoor learning lab at four schools that engages students in sustainability concepts while incorporating math, science, reading and writing.

Canterbury Woods Elementary School in Annandale was awarded $3,500 to create an outdoor classroom and science lab. Students will study the life cycles of seeds and monarch butterflies, life process and animal interaction of plants, and composting. Students will also construct an edible garden.

Carter G. Woodson Elementary in Buckingham County was awarded $3,500 for “BEE Green” which will enable students to use rain water collected in rain barrels to maintain gardens. Students will use simple machines to explore composting to reduce waste while creating rich soil for the gardens.

Chesapeake Public Schools was awarded $3,500 to support “Pathfinders,” a district-wide pilot program designed to introduce 6th grade students to energy concepts, as well as chemical, electrical and aeronautical engineering.

Children’s Museum of Richmond was awarded $7,500 for “Sun POWER!” a program that gives 1,000 1st and 2nd grade students the tools to understand the importance of energy derived from the sun and explore examples of harnessing this energy for practical use.

Clover Hill High School in Chesterfield County was awarded $7,500 for the installation of a wind turbine on the school’s campus, which would provide supplemental renewable energy to the school and teach students about current energy issues and real world renewable energy solutions.

Epes Elementary School in Newport News was awarded $500 to incorporate exploration stations in the classroom. The use of Legos, a brick building station and a sand and water table will allow kindergarten students to explore mathematical and scientific learning.

Fauquier County Public Schools was awarded $3,500 to purchase water quality testing kits, water sampling kits, soil testing kits, stream ecology kits, topsoil and soil collection kits, and other materials such as nets, waders, and buckets for students use in outdoor classroom experiences.

Forest Grove Elementary School in Sterling was awarded $3,500 to implement an outdoor STEM classroom where students will build and operate a rainwater collection system, create a butterfly observatory, develop a composting program and assemble a wind or solar powered garden accessory.

Goochland County Schools was awarded $4,000 for their program SPROUTS, which will foster sustainable living practices through agricultural awareness and practical garden-based experiential learning.

Halifax County Public Schools Educational Foundation was awarded $2,500 to support a field trip for all 4th graders to Southern Virginia Botanical Gardens, where students will be guided through eight hands-on activities focused on environmental science, health, and nutrition.

Highland High School was awarded $3,000 to allow high school agriculture students and preschool through 3rd grade students to learn about energy efficiency, recycling, and waste reduction in an outdoor garden classroom. The garden will supply fresh produce to the school’s cafeteria and a local farmer’s market.

J. Blaine Blayton Elementary School in Williamsburg was awarded $3,500 to create “EcoAdventures” using personal handheld GPS units and wildlife cameras to explore and record data of the animal and plant population numbers while studying weather, habitats, migration, plant growth and seasonal changes.

John Yeates Middle School in Suffolk was awarded $4,500 for all elementary, middle and high school students to explore solar, wind and hydro energy solutions. The program will utilize a mobile classroom and disaster control station to enhance the learning experience of students.

King George Middle School was awarded $3,500 to discover the Chesapeake Bay by giving students opportunities to explore environmental issues through experiments, research, specialized field trips, and other hands-on activities that enrich their understanding of local, regional, and global watershed topics.

Lake Taylor High School in Norfolk was awarded $3,000 for their project “Reclaiming Lake Taylor.” Environmental science students will analyze water quality, research possible solutions, and implement their plan in order to improve the water quality of Lake Taylor.

Landstown High School in Virginia Beach was awarded $1,000 to enhance their current curriculum and allow students to design and build robots.

Larchmont Elementary in Norfolk was awarded $1,000 for students to investigate the adaptations and interdependence of the plants and animals that exist in the marsh ecosystem of Colley Bay and how the sea level rise affects habitats for crabs and other shoreline fauna.

Lee Davis High School in Hanover County was awarded $5,000 for students from Lee Davis High School and Stonewall Jackson Middle School to research, design, test, and build power generating systems that harvest energy from renewable sources abundant in the outdoor classrooms located on the two school campuses.

Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary School in Suffolk was awarded $1,000 for students in 3rd through 5th grades to conduct a variety of investigations to include cleaning up oil spills naturally, handling unknown hazardous spills, and the effect of acid rain and pollution on plants, water and air quality.

Martinsville City Public Schools was awarded $4,000 for students to investigate environmentally sustainable food production and learn valuable workplace skills by raising tilapia and growing plants in an aquaponic system in the existing school greenhouse.

Menchville High School in Newport News was awarded $1,000 to purchase lab equipment needed to integrate more STEM activities into the classroom. The enhanced curriculum would also include a series of guest speakers who are experts in their fields.

Mount Airy Elementary School in Pittsylvania County was awarded $900 to begin composting the school’s food and paper waste to convert it into rich soil. Students will learn the importance of recycling, reusing and reducing waste to protect the environment.

North Branch School in Nelson County was awarded $775 to install a solar panel and two solar-powered circulating fans in the school's greenhouse. The covering will allow the students to grow plants throughout the school year to study soil, plant cycles, insects and worms, photosynthesis, and energy.

Oak Knoll Middle School in Hanover was awarded $1,000 to implement inquiry-based lab curriculum for 7th and 8th grade students to demonstrate various energy resources and study human impact on the environment.

Park View Middle School in South Hill was awarded $700 for students to investigate the genotype of a pea plant by planting, cross-pollinating, making observations and charting growth. Students will learn parts of the pea plant by removing the stamen from the flowers of their plant for use in cross pollinating other plants.

Portsmouth Public Schools was awarded $5,000 for 11th grade students to collect and analyze toxicological data derived from samples taken from the Elizabeth River. Students will learn about environmental content, stewardship, and scientific research.

Powell Valley Middle School in Big Stone Gap was awarded $1,000 to expand the Astronauts rocket club. The club is for 5th and 6th graders and each student member will build and launch model rockets during the school year.

Prince William County Public Schools in Manassas was awarded $10,000 to purchase green schools kits for all ecology, biology, and environmental science students. The kits will provide tools for students to conduct surveys of their schoolyard to identify areas of human impact and design and execute projects to reduce this impact.

The Rightmire Children’s Museum in Lynchburg was awarded $1,000 to teach fourth grade students about electricity using circuit boards, insulators and conductors and electrical fixtures. These teaching tools will allow students to manipulate and observe the flow of an electric current.

St. Andrew’s School in Richmond was awarded $1,500 for their program “Learning in the Garden.” The program will allow students to explore earthworms, composting and recycling with age-appropriate lessons for each grade.

Southampton High School in Courtland was awarded $4,000 for students to investigate and analyze the difference between renewable and nonrenewable resources and the advantages and disadvantages of various energy sources. Students will study solar, wind, and biomass/biodiesel and compare their emissions, power and economy to historic sources: coal, wood, oil and hydropower.

Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom in Richmond was awarded $5,000 for their statewide project “Virginia Agriculture Maps.” The project will provide educators in grades K through 5 with a unique tool to bring math, social studies and science concepts alive through the study of agriculture and the environment.

Virginia Organizing for City Schoolyard Garden in Charlottesville was awarded $5,000 to build curriculum for garden-based learning in Charlottesville City Schools.

Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind in Staunton was awarded $1,000 to install a rainwater catchment system for the school gardens.

Wilderness Elementary School in Spotsylvania County was awarded $1,000 for International Observe the Moon Night. Members of the local astronomy club, teachers and students will gather in the schoolyard with telescopes and astronomical binoculars to observe the moon.

Wise County Alternative Education Center was awarded $1,500 to purchase resources to create two “Traveling Nature Trunks” which will be used to help support local Envirothon teams but will also be available to be checked out by other science teachers to use in their classrooms.

York County School Division was awarded $4,000 to create a field classroom and walking trail for students of all ages. The focus of the project is to provide the students with a better understanding of nature, their responsibilities and relationship to the natural environment of Eastern Virginia and promote a healthy active lifestyle.

West Virginia

2013-14 Academic Year:

Charles Town Middle School in Jefferson County received $1,000 to initiate an after school Science Club for students interested in careers in science and math to experience opportunities outside of the school environment in science fields.

Frametown Elementary in Braxton County received $4,000 to implement a program to help students explore robotics. Students will receive instruction from a professional electrical engineer through a series of hands-on activities, including building a robot.

Gilmer County High School in Gilmer County received $6,000 for students to collect stream chemistry data and other soil analysis data along the Little Kanawha River and then upload onto My World GIS, allowing information to be shared with the local water board and Department of Environmental Protection Agency.

Madison Elementary School in Ohio County received $3,500 for elementary students to participate in the design and creation of outdoor gardens. Students will maintain the gardens, allowing them to explore and learn more about vegetables and flowers and their environment.

New Martinsville School in Wetzel County received $4,100 to “Get Energized!”  Fifth grade students will explore energy through hands-on activities, such as reading a meter, measuring energy usage and surveying the school building and its consumption. Findings will be shared at an Energy Open House and Carnival.

Petersburg Elementary in Grant County received $4,100 to implement a school-wide recycling and composting program. Students will research methods of solid waste reduction through recycling and composting and learn how to reduce greenhouse gases.

Preston High School in Preston County received $4,000 to expand composting and recycling programs, while incorporating math and science into the current environmental curriculum. Students will develop a “Composting in the Community” informational piece to educate the local community about the value of composting and recycling.

Robert L. Bland Middle School in Lewis County received $1,000 to engage 5th graders in hands-on experiments of electromagnetism through a project titled, “It’s Electric!” Students will discover properties of electromagnetism as well as increase their vocabulary and comprehension on the subject of electricity.

University High School in Morgantown was awarded $3,500 to support a series of lab experiments and outdoor data collection. Students will study and learn more about the environment and the issues that face our planet, ultimately improving their achievement in core subject areas.

Wheeling Park High School in Wheeling was awarded $3,800 for “Statics in Motion.” AP students will use tools, such as graphing calculators and probes, to collect real-world data and demonstrate sound mathematical practices as they succinctly define variables, treatments, and controls.

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