Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Awards Two Grants to School District
MAY 3, 2019- Thank you to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community for awarding two grants to our district!
Mountain Bike Trail Grant – The tribe awarded $14,510 for materials to be used for a mountain bike trail in an 8-acre land area on the corner of County Highway 78 & 79. A section of this land is designated as athletic fields, but a section of it will remain wooded and/or has water features. Our goal is to create a trail that wraps around the perimeter of the property, then weaves through the woods and marshes. This 3-4 mile, single-rack trail will have something for everyone. The combination of open, wooded and marshland trails will provide the opportunity for beginner and advanced riders to enjoy nature while getting exercise. The sculpting of trails will take place over a series of weekends throughout spring and summer, with the bulk of it completed by the end of 2019.
West Middle School Garden Path Grant – West received a grant earlier this year to create a garden. The tribe grant will allow us to create a path through that outdoor learning space, which will cultivate a better understanding of and appreciation for the environment and edible gardening for our school and community. This outdoor learning space path will weave through our garden, augmenting and enhancing the current trail system and inviting the community to enhance their walking experience by taking in the beauty of our garden. Amount awarded by tribe: $2,110 for trail materials, including a bench and signage. There will be a planting day on May 21.