FundraisingPrograms

There are two powerful fund raising programs associated with this program. Funds raised by fund raising off sets amounts due by the students. The fund raising programs are described below.

Finca La Anita – Dota Mountain Coffee

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Emerald Ash Borer Treatment 
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Exposing High School science students to tropical rainforest research in partnership with:
  • The Currie Lab - University of Wisconsin
  • Biochemistry Dept.: School of Medicine at University of Costa Rica
  • Your Community Rotary
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Cost of Experience

The cost of this trip is $3,500 per student. This cost is all-inclusive and includes airfare to Costa Rica, all ground transport in Costa Rica, lodging, food, supplies, off-site adventures, and, of course, the cost for the scientists and teachers who lead the research efforts. The only other cost that the student incurs is their passport fees. Obtaining their passport is a responsibility of the student. ​Once in Costa Rica, the student is also responsible for any spending money they choose to use, however, the research sites used by this program are very remote with little opportunity for spending by students. Some students may chose to buy t-shirts, souvenir jackets, or sweets, but the reality is there are simply very limited opportunities for spending money.

The $3,500 cost of the trip is broken into many partial payments. This trip is preceded by pre-trip classes, once per month in the months before the trip. These classes are used to prepare the students with the necessary knowledge in evolutionary microbiology, so they have a productive experience. The cost of the trip is paid by payments spread out over several months.

​​The first $100 refundable check must accompany the application. If the student is selected, the check becomes non-refundable. If the student is not selected, the check is returned. As each preparation class takes place, a portion of the remaining $3,400 cost is due. Students will be provided invoices each month, showing the amount due and the amount paid to date.

PartnershipGrants

Seeds of Change is forming partnerships with companies and foundations to support students who participate in this program. With the emphasis on Science and Math and in particularly in Minnesota with the states emphasis on sustaining biotech industry in our state, we are discovering sources of grant funds which we make available to program participants.

Minnesota Rotary clubs are the primary community organization helping get this program established in Minnesota High Schools and as such they are moist often a source of some support for our students that need help.
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