West Virginia Geographic Alliance Receives National Geographic Society Grant

For Immediate Release: 
Sep 24 2015

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312, news@concord.edu

www.concord.edu         

WEST VIRGINIA GEOGRAPHIC ALLIANCE

RECEIVES NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY GRANT

ATHENS, W.Va. – The West Virginia Geographic Alliance, hosted by Concord University, has been awarded a grant of $32,709 from the National Geographic Society.

According to Dr. Joseph Manzo, co-coordinator of the alliance and Concord professor of geography, the grant will benefit teachers and students in the public school system as well as Concord University students.

“The money will be used to support geography in the classrooms in the form of materials, free graduate (professional development) classes and student activities,” he said.

A number of professional development classes offered through Concord’s Graduate Studies Program will be available to K-12 teachers thanks to the grant. Among the topics are “Learning with Maps,” “Urban Geography,” and “North Africa and the Middle East.”

For more information visit: www.concord.edu/graduate/geography-alliance-courses

The funding will also help support the annual Geography Bowl for high school students and the West Virginia Geographic Bee, a yearly competition for 4th through 8th graders. Both events have been held at Concord University in recent years.

Dr. Manzo said the grant also helps fund employment for Concord students working during these events and those who work in the office.

To learn more about the grant and the West Virginia Geographic Alliance contact Dr. Joseph Manzo at manzoj@concord.edu or 304-384-5208.

Additional information is also available at: http://www.wvgeographicalliance.org/

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