Discover the Raisin

For $200 towards classroom materials

Applications Due: March 18, 2019

Eligibility: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, & 7th grade teachers for any subject, whose school district in River Raisin Watershed

Please provide a short, one page narrative with additional details.

Email to 

or mail to

320 Springbrook Ave. Suite 102, Adrian MI 49221

This year, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, & 7th, grade teachers of any subject, whose school districts are within the River Raisin watershed, are 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.

The “Discover the Raisin” award program is made possible through a generous donation from ITC, which is responsible for high-voltage power lines in most of the River Raisin Watershed.  We thank ITC for providing the support to allow RRWC to launch this program and for supporting STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) education in our local school districts. RRWC is seeking additional sponsors for future awards.

Discover the Raisin 2018 Award Winners

Two teachers were given $200 for their classroom:

- Jackie Murray, Clinton Middle School, 6th Grade

- Elizabeth DuMoulin, Tecumseh Compass Learning Center, 5th Grade

Mrs. Murray's 6th graders purchased a water testing kit to analyze water samples from the River Raisin. Mrs. DuMoulin's 5th graders are using the money for 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.

© 2018 River Raisin Watershed Council.