Too often lost in all the ranting and raving about what goes on at the statehouse or the charter school commission or the state board of education are wonderful stories of  what REALY COUNT when it comes to education.  Stories that are uplifting and show the dedication of students, teachers and community as they work together to teach life lessons.

And so it is with this story from Greenville middle school in the Butler County school system where teacher Monette Harrison and 7th and 8th graders took on the task of landscaping and upgrading their school sign.

This effort was made possible with a $825 Grants In Place award from the Rural School Collaborative that Harrison applied for.

Editor’s note:  While I serve on the board of the Rural School Collaborative, I played no part in selecting which grants were awarded.  In fact, come to think of it, I don’t know how the recipients are determined.  All I do is help raise some money for the program.

In the world of grants, $825 seems a very small amount.  But as you see from this example, it is definitely enough to make an impact on the lives of young students.