Announcing Mead & Hunt Cares grant winners
The best part of writing this blog is being able to share good news. And I couldn’t be more excited about this year’s three Mead & Hunt Cares grant winners!
Cares grants are designed to give employees an opportunity to pursue a longer-term project in their community. The grants have a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) emphasis, utilizing related skills and encouraging the exposure to and growth of these skills in others.
Here’s more about this year’s winners:
Josh Isely (Middleton) will be helping University of Wisconsin-Platteville mechanical engineering students with a real-world design project for a fellow student. The student, Logan, was involved in an accident that has resulted in a loss of mobility and function in his foot, making it hard for him to participate in normal activities such as riding a bike or driving a manual transmission car. The grant will support the design and creation a brace that will help restore some of the his quality of life that was lost due to his accident. Logan recently wrote, “I am very excited to see this enter the development phase. It means a lot to me personally, both because someone recognized the potential of the project and the fact that this design can improve my quality of life.”
Nathan Rockwood (Sacramento) will lead a team of folks from Sacramento supporting the STARBASE program, implemented by the California Air National Guard. STARBASE focuses on elementary students, primarily fifth graders. The goal is to motivate them to explore STEM as they continue their education. The Mead & Hunt Cares grant will help fund equipment and software purchases to support the education program and establish the program as non-profit. Mead & Hunt folks will also give lectures to the students on various STEM-related occupations.
Tim Astfalk (Middleton) will be working with the Friends of Hoyt Park (a local Madison, WI, park) to restore an oak savanna at the park. The project involves removing invasive species from the oak savanna area by mechanical removal and chemical treatment of cut stumps followed by planting of native species. The grant will help fund equipment purchases, herbicide, and native plant seedlings. Middleton employees and local school students also have an opportunity to learn more by participating in the restoration.
We’ll be sure to share more about these adventures as the projects progress. Join me in congratulating these employees.
PS – Another round of grants will be awarded in late summer!
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