Meemic Foundation Traditional Grant

By Eric Henrickson
Meemic Insurance

Need funding for a classroom field trip? Looking for flexible chairs for your students or perhaps support for your STEM initiatives? Whatever the need, The Meemic Foundation is here to help with many of your special projects! Apply for grant for funding up to $500 to support your classroom, department, campus or district needs.

Deadline is Sept. 30, 2017

Get the full details and rules at: http://www.MeemicFoundation.org/Traditional
When Foundation Club Members applied for one of The Meemic Foundation’s back-to-school grants, we asked, “What are you looking forward to the most with the new school year?” We got almost 7,000 responses, so it’s not surprising that some common themes emerged.

Many teachers just like to meet all the new students. Several were looking forward to teaching new subjects, grade levels, technology (woo hoo – 3D printers!) or curricula, and meeting the new “kiddos.” More than a few noted all the things students teach them, as well.

Here are some of our favorites.

“Working with teenagers! I have taught for 24 years and still enjoy watching the light bulb turn on!”

Holly B., Milwaukee

“I am looking forward to implementing new labs and activities which foster active engagement and learning in my classroom.”

Pamela S., Sheboygan Falls

“I’m looking forward to meeting my new students and their families. Making those new connections and renewing old friendships is the best part of my job!”

Michele S., Green Bay

 “I love meeting new students each year and getting to know them. I feel that each student adds a new color to the rainbow of my room. The more colors I have, the more rich my life becomes.”

Patricia C., Green Bay

“I always look forward to seeing the students smiling faces. I also enjoy listening to their stories about their summers and how much they are looking forward to the school year.”

Kristin T., Sheboygan

“The start of every school year is so exciting because it holds the promise of so much! All of the things we will learn and grow from, all of the new students and families to meet and get to know, but mostly all of the wonderful memories you get to make as a 9-10-year-old!”

Emily M., Wausau

 “Meeting the students at my new schools, especially the refugee students. I am expecting to learn a lot from their experiences in different countries and discovering how to best support them during their time of transition to the USA!”

Jeffrey G., Milwaukee

“I am looking forward to teaching the same subject for the second consecutive year, which is a first in my short teaching career! I am excited to refine the work I did last year, add new activities and experiences, and make the course as engaging, meaningful, and memorable for students as possible!”

Matthew A., Madison

“Every year is a new opportunity to innovate and pick up the momentum from where it left off the year before. I am blessed to teach the same students for multiple years in the ever-changing subject of music.  There is something new around every corner, so I am most excited to see what new musical experiences I can share with my students and, perhaps more importantly, what new music they can teach me about as we work together to help each individual reach his or her full musical potential!”

Michelle S., Oshkosh

 “I am looking forward to implementing realistic, career-based lessons that will help my students grow as future independent successful employees. I want to help my students develop the skills needed to formulate a plan for their future and know how to accomplish it.”

Katie B., Vassar

For information on The Meemic Foundation’s current grant opportunities, visit http://www.MeemicFoundation.org/Traditional.

​Youth Entrepreneur Camps – A fun way to learn about Business

“Just because you’re a kid doesn’t mean you can’t start a business”. That was what Sophia (a youth entrepreneur camper) said to me last summer.  And the best part is she was right! It is amazing the ideas that kids come up with during camp.  Sometimes they come with something they have been working on and sometimes they think of something at camp. I have seen everything from lawn mowing, tutoring, pet sitting, creating t-shirts, teaching music, creating operating systems, and developing apps. One trend that I’ve seen in the past few years is an increase in creating social enterprises (a company that gives back and helps others).

In the one week youth entrepreneur camp kids ages 9 and up (there’s two separate age groups) come up with their own business idea (based on their strengths and interests) and learn business basics such as marketing, financials, customer service, and branding. They play the biz ops game™ (a game based learning experience where small teams of 4-5 run a paper airplane business) to learn about business operations, create, market and run a real lemonade stand business (to raise funds for the camp scholarship fund), learn from experienced entrepreneurs, present their business ideas to their peers and create a poster to present their business to friends and families. They leave the camp with the tools and knowledge they need to start their business.  
How did it all get started? I would like to think of it as fate!  I was a very entrepreneurial kid (the e-seedling story is on our website http://www.eseedling.com) with entrepreneurial parents and I realized how much fun it was (even though I had many failures) and the freedom that it allowed (we took many family trips).  Even though I went into teaching and what I call the “work world”, I longed for the freedom of being an entrepreneur. 
When I was 27, I started a business with a partner and realized that I had no clue on how to run a “real” business. I learned more in the next 3 years, then probably anytime in my entire career. The business was purchased by a regional firm where I again found myself as an employee. Years later, I was fortunate enough to get a job at the UW-Madison Small Business Development Center which held a youth entrepreneur camp. In 2008, when the economy suffered, the camp was in jeopardy of being cancelled. I proposed to rewrite the curriculum so that we could teach it in-house. It has become very successful and each year it fills earlier. Since there is a huge need, and the SBDC doesn’t have the resources to hold more camps, I decided to again become an entrepreneur and start E-seedling to run camps and help others to do the empower kids through entrepreneurship.  I agree with Sophia, that you’re never too young to start a business, you just need the opportunity and the knowledge of how.

Audubon Center of the Northwoods


​Let the Audubon Center of the North Woods Become Your School’s Environmental Learning Center

If you’ve ever wanted to give your students an incredible field trip experience that meets academic standards for your classroom in a fun, educational, outdoor setting – now is the perfect time and the Audubon Center of the North Woods (ACNW) is the perfect place!
The ACNW Experience
Some of the quality features that make ACNW the best choice for your school:

Convenient, accessible, central location

An intimate campus size 

Flexible scheduling options

Robust and engaging wildlife, adventure and ecology-based programming

The best food you’ll experience at a school-related field trip (seriously- GREAT food!)

Enthusiastic and caring staff of both experienced educators and budding naturalists who are at ACNW for the same reason: it’s the best place to be for environmental education!