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Teacher showing her students how to grow plants. Kids at the riverside obtaining samples.

Discover the Raisin 2024


5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th grade teachers for any subject, whose school district in River Raisin Watershedare eligible to apply. 


Five successful applicants have the opportunity to be awarded $200 for classroom supplies or other expenses relevant to the proposed project.


A few examples of projects that would qualify:

  • A History class field trip to the River Raisin National Battlefield Park in Monroe, MI.

  • An Art class assigned to create artwork inspired by a funded field trip in the watershed.

  • An English class funded field trip in the watershed may be assigned to write a report.

  • A science classroom could be assigned to identify, catalog and research plants, insects, wildlife or soil structure/geology found in the watershed.

  • Students may use Water Quality Monitoring Kits to analyze the data for Science class.


A committee will choose the five winning entries based on ranking each answer in the application from 1-10 in terms of maximizing students’ understanding and exposure to some aspect of the River Raisin watershed.


Each applicant may also request to receive a presentation by RRWC staff or volunteers about the River Raisin watershed or a water related presentation. The RRWC believes there are relevant lessons to learn in and around the watershed that are pertinent to any curriculum requirements.

Applications Due: April 15th, 2024

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Discover the Raisin 2020 Award Winners

Three teachers were given $200 for their classroom:

Jackie Murray, Clinton Middle School, 6th Grade

Nets and waders to collect macroinvertebrates in the river in Tate Park (Clinton). Results from their macroinvertebrate collection will be compared to the water chemistry tests they do at the same time. The students will analyze their results and create a report.

Renee Gilson, Clinton High School, Biology/Wildlife Biology

Leaf bags to sample macroinvertebrates in the river and hip waders to explore vernal pools. Any leftover funds will be used to help purchase water test kits and identification guides for a field trip to Taylor Road Marsh Park.

Katie Heineman, Blissfield Middle School

Water test kits for testing samples from the river and samples from the tap at school. Students will also visit the Blissfield Water Treatment facility to learn how water is processed.

Discover the Raisin 2019 Award Winners

Four teachers were given $200 for their classroom:

Jackie Murray, Clinton Middle School, 6th Grade

Water test kit for students to analyze the river and write a report to present to the community.

Leigh Ann Roehm, Saline Middle School, 7th Grade

Water test kit for students to test the Mill Pond & Curtiss Park. Students will learn to identify different pollutants and learn how to improve water quality.

Lora Fogiel, Clinton Middle School, 7th Grade

Drawing boards & funds for processing nature photography after students spend a few days by the river. Students will research famous artists inspired by nature and research the plants and animals in the watershed.

Kristin Scaife, Triumph Academy (Monroe), 6th & 7th Grades

Native plants for school garden. Students will learn about native plants, ecosystems, and showcase it to the community.


Discover the Raisin 2018 Award Winners

Two teachers were given $200 for their classroom:

Jackie Murray, Clinton Middle School, 6th Grade

Water quality test kit to analyze samples from the River Raisin.

Elizabeth DuMoulin, Tecumseh Compass Learning Center, 5th Grade

Supplies to build a pop bottle ecosystem and create a model watershed.


Discover the Raisin 2017 Award Winners

Vicki Coscarelli, Clinton Elementary School, 3rd Grade.

Jennifer Marlatt, Onsted Elementary School, 5th Grade.

Bill Koebbe, Madison Elementary School, 3rd Grade.

Alexandra Hoeft, Herrick Park Elementary School, TPS, 3rd Grade.


Discover the Raisin 2016 Award Winners

Jessica Smith and Jon Way, Britton Deerfield Schools, 6th & 7th grade.

Jackie Murray, Clinton Middle School, 8th grade.

Shawn Dreslinski, Clinton Middle School, 6th & 7th grade.

Jackie Shane, Lenawee Christian School, 8th grade.

Leigh Ann Roehm, Saline Schools, 7th grade.

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