Alliance for Music Education Formed in 2004, the mission of the Alliance for Music Education (AME) is to provide financial and volunteer support to the Ramona Unified School District music education programs. More than 130 students receive a top quality music education that enhances their critical thinking skills and self-efficacy while culturally enriching the community. The grant will support the revitalization of the Charles R. Nunn Performing Arts Center, which is on the campus of Olive Peirce Middle School and adjacent to Ramona High School and serves a hub of cultural activity in Ramona. In particular, the grant will fund the purchase and installation of new theatrical lighting for the center’s stage, which is used by Ramona schools and organizations year-round.
ArtReach ArtReach takes professional artists into K-6 schools throughout San Diego County to provide standards-based visual art education workshops. ArtReach places an emphasis on providing free programs to schools that have few or no art resources and no ability to pay. The RCF grant will allow ArtReach to provide eight hands-on visual art education workshops to all fourth- and fifth-graders (160 students) at Ramona Elementary School between September 2012 and June 2013. The grant will also fund a student art display and an art activity at the Ramona Community Library. This will expand the current ArtReach program in Ramona (previously three workshops during the year) and add a community involvement component.
Ramona and Nuevo Head Start Gardens
Community Development Institute Ramona and Nuevo Head Start Programs Head Start is a federally-funded, nonprofit, comprehensive, free preschool program that serves low-income children and children with special needs. In Ramona there are two Head Start programs, serving more than 200 children and families. The RCF grant will support a garden project to address the impact poverty has on the nutrition of Head Start children and families. The organization will build seven classroom garden plots. Each classroom of 20 children will have the opportunity to grow vegetables from seeds to harvest. Teachers will educate the children on the environment, microorganisms, and how to grow and eat vegetables. The project will include educational curriculums and will promote ecological friendly methods to instill in children the importance of a green world.
Cornerstone Therapeutic Riding Center Cornerstone Therapeutic Riding Center (CTRC) offers equine-assisted programs designed to enrich the lives of adults and children in Ramona who are living with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities. CTRC is also the first program in San Diego to offer programs and services to combat injured soldiers who are in their recovery process at San Diego Naval Medical Center Balboa. The grant will be used to hire a part-time, Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) certified riding instructor. The CTRC expects to increase clientele by 15% with the addition of a new instructor and to start serving the many people on the center’s waiting list.
San Diego Country Estates Disaster Trailer
Ramona Community Emergency Response Team The Ramona Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program is an emergency response team of local citizens who respond to large-scale disasters when local professional responders are overwhelmed. Staffed by 30 volunteers, the team recently activated for more than nine days during the Witch Fire and most recently activated during the county-wide blackout. CERT team members checked on the physically challenged and delivered emergency generators for those needing power for medical equipment. The RCF grant will allow CERT to purchase an additional emergency supply trailer to station in San Diego Country Estates, to provide equipment and supplies in case closure of San Vicente, Old Julian Highway, or Wildcat Canyon, prevents CERT team members from accessing equipment in downtown Ramona.
Ramona Grange 632 Grange is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1867 to promote Community and Agriculture, and Ramona Grange is the oldest agriculture organization in San Diego County, with its first charter dated 1914. The RCF grant will go toward renovations and improvements of the Grange Community Meeting Hall, which is used by organizations and clubs from across Ramona. Specifically, the grant will allow the purchase and installation of fencing and gates around garden, play, and parking areas. The new fence will improve the safety in the Hall’s external areas and allow for more security.
Guy B. Woodward Museum Self-Guided Tour Implementation
Ramona Pioneer Historical Society Ramona Pioneer Historical Society was founded in 1962 to perpetuate and preserve the region’s history. The mission of the historical society is to discover, collect and preserve artifacts and memorabilia to establish and illustrate the history of California, San Diego County and the Ramona area. Thanks to the RCF grant, the Ramona Pioneer Historical Society will install 17 self-guided tour stations throughout the Guy B. Woodward Museum, with audio equipment and recorded exhibit information from museum docents. The addition of this technology will allow the museum to triple its operating hours, thanks to the information provided by the stations, and will allow more visitors to learn about Ramona’s history, regardless of the number of docents available for tours.
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