Adrian, Mich. – Adrian College’s Track & Explore program has received a $2,400 grant from the Meemic Foundation for the Future of Education. This grant will provide permanent signage and printed guides for the nature trail portion.
Track and Explore is an innovative partnership between Adrian College and NASCAR venue Michigan International Speedway (MIS). The program uses the Speedway’s 900 acres of natural area as an outdoor-education classroom for middle school students, and as a practicum for Adrian College science and education majors. These students conduct research, create lessons and lead environmental-science field trips at the site.
“Meemic’s support of programs like Track and Explore allows educators to pursue creative academic programs for their students,” said Dr. Agnes Caldwell, vice president and dean for academic affairs. “We are grateful for this gift, which allows this unique endeavor to continue to expand.”
Last spring, Track & Explore brought over 1,400 area middle school students to MIS for outdoor education field trips. The College and MIS look to expand the program to include science camps and continuing education opportunities for science teachers.
In 1950, seven educators formed Meemic to provide their colleagues with quality insurance protection they needed at rates they could afford. More than 60 years later, members consistently rate Meemic at the top of the industry for customer satisfaction for claims service, and A.M. Best, the nation’s top insurance industry analyst, has rated Meemic an “A” (Excellent) based on its financial strength and claims-paying ability. The Meemic Foundation for the Future of Education was established in 1992 to provide financial assistance in the form of grants to Michigan schools and educators.