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Aug. 13, 2004


$750,000 Grant to Help Local Teachers and Students Connect to Region's Past

U.S. Department of Education Region 5 Representative Kristine Cohn will present a $750,000 grant for the project "U.S. History through the Heartland along the I-94 Corridor" to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, UW-Stout and Cooperative Educational Services Agency (CESA) 11 at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 18 at the historic Mabel Tainter Theater in Menomonie, Wis.

Speakers include Cohn and CESA 11 Director Connie Erickson; CESA 11 Administrator Robert Rykal; UW-RF Chancellor Virgil Nylander; UW-Stout Chancellor Charles Sorensen; as well as grant administrator and UW-RF history Professor Kurt Leichtle; UW-Stout faculty member Robert Zeidel, and CESA 11 coordinator Nancy Graese.

The grant will fund a three-year project for history teachers to learn local and regional history in order to explore connections to historical events on a national level. Ultimately, teachers will adopt this content knowledge of local and regional history into their classrooms to further engage their students when studying U.S. history.

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