MARQUETTE – The Upper Peninsula Middle Start Network has awarded more than $44,000 in mini-grants to 10 U.P. middle schools for various projects. 

            Middle Start is a Kellogg Foundation initiative that focuses on academic achievement, healthy development and social equity in students at the middle school level.  The program began in the mid-1980s and is directed by the U.P. Center for Educational Development at Northern Michigan University.  Middle Start is a collaborative effort between 18 U.P. schools, the intermediate school districts and NMU, and focuses its work on literacy across the curriculum and school climate.

            The schools that received grants, as well as the amount awarded and the name of the project it will be used for, are as follows:

            Aspen Ridge Middle School, $3,000 for “Families Read Together” and $3,000 for “Smart Music”;

            Bothwell Middle School, $2,969 for “Improving Literacy”;

            Escanaba Middle School, $2,977 for “History Alive!” and $3,000 for “FISH for Schools”;

            Hancock Middle School, $1,700 for “Grade 8 Streams Project”;

            Houghton Middle School, $3,000 for “Immersion Studies in the Keweenaw”;

            Negaunee Middle School, $2,751 for “Classroom Library,” $3,164 for

“Increasing Reading Proficiency” and $3,000 for “Cross-age Reading Buddies”;

            Phelps Middle School, $3,000 for “FISH for Schools”;

            Republic School, $3,000 for “Reading Enrichment”;

            Sault Ste. Marie Middle School, $3,500 for “Pride and Culture” and $3,000 for “Rock Park”; and

            Washington Middle School, $3,000 for “Project Bridges.”

Prepared By
Becky Kratz