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by Nicole Wines

On Sunday, February 12, Raíces Cultural Center participated in the 4th annual Park Partners Grant Competition. The Raíces EcoCulture program had submitted a proposal in the environmental category to launch a Sustainable Living Workshop Series, a series of eight workshops focused on sustainability and ecology, in collaboration with Sustainable Highland Park and members of the Highland Park High School Environmental Club. Over 300 community members came out that day to vote for their winning choice in each of the 5 categories in the competition. It was truly amazing to see so many residents engaged and active in the grant making process.

On Tuesday, February 14, we received the news that we had won the grant competition in the environmental category. Thanks to the support of our neighbors and community members and those who shared our vision for environmental education programs, Raíces EcoCulture will be able to make this proposed project a reality!

Yesterday, the Borough made its official announcement of all the Park Partners grants awarded for 2017 which you can view here:

Raíces Cultural Center and the Raíces EcoCulture program want to thank the Borough of Highland Park for providing this opportunity to us and all of the community groups who participated. We also wish to thank the residents who came out to vote in support of this and other wonderful community projects. Extra special thank yous go out to the committee members of Sustainable Highland Park, the three co-presidents of the Highland Park High School Environmental Club and all of the Raíces Cultural Center supporters and crew members who helped share and spread the word about the grant competition and voting details. We are grateful for the opportunity to provide this educational program to our community, and look forward to seeing you all at the workshops. Thank you to everyone who helped make this dream a reality!

Program dates will be announced by the last week of March. Please subscribe to the Raíces email list in the sidebar to have the information delivered directly to your inbox or continue to check back on our Raíces Program Calendar for details. We are looking forward to strengthening our relationship with the Highland Park community and the Borough of Highland Park to create and provide additional programs, projects and services in sustainability and green living.


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