Teacher gets grant to help students build chicken coops

Contributed Photo Tim Dobbs, right, a teacher at the Student Health Center of the Menominee Indian School District, recently received a grant from the Meemic Foundation to help students build and sell chicken coops. Shown, from left, are Karl Morrin, student director at the Student Health Center, Jim Mayefski, from the Schoolhouse Agency in Green Bay, and teacher Beth Waukechon.

Tim Dobbs, a teacher at the Student Health Center of the Menominee Indian School District, recently received a $500 grant to help students plan, design, construct and sell chicken coops.

The grant came from the Meemic Foundation, a nonprofit organization created by Meemic Insurance Company.

Under Dobbs’ guidance, the students will also help develop and implement the school-based business program that will eventually offer chicken coops to rural community residents.

Students who attend the Student Health Center are nontraditional learners who sometimes struggle with behavioral health or substance abuse issues. Most of the students cannot function to their full potential in a regular classroom setting.

“Exceptional educators are always looking for new and creative ways to inspire their students and we want to make sure that financial concerns don’t stand in the way of those ideas,” said Roy Hinz, community advocacy administrator for the Meemic Foundation. “The goal of Meemic Foundation grants is to provide the resources necessary for teachers to create a dynamic learning environment for students that not only educates the children but inspires them as well.”

The Meemic Foundation has provided more than $1 million in grants over more than 20 years to fund inspiring and effective initiatives that will significantly enhance students’ classroom experiences in all types and levels of educational settings.

Meemic Foundation grants can help alleviate budget strains on teachers and allow educators the freedom to be creative with their lessons. The foundation has touched more than 1.5 million students through its financial support.

Jim Mayefskim of the Schoolhouse Agency, a Meemic insurance agency in Green Bay, presented the check to Dobbs.