Patuxent River Appreciation Days, Inc.
P.O. Box 97
Solomons, MD 20688
May 30, 2017
For Immediate Release
PRAD COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES GRANT RECIPIENTS
The Patuxent River Appreciation Days (PRAD) Committee is pleased to announce the awarding of three grants aimed at raising awareness and concern for the productivity of the Patuxent River. The awards were issued to CHESPAX, Historic Sotterley Plantation, and the Patuxent Riverkeeper.
The PRAD committee, through proceeds from its annual festival held in October, makes grant awards to non-profit organizations that either provide educational programs or conduct research activities focusing on the Patuxent River or Patuxent River Basin. Awards are made on a competitive basis by the PRAD, Inc. Board and do not exceed $1,000 per organization in any one year. The PRAD, Inc. Board includes members of the Calvert Marine Museum, Calvert Artist Guild, American Legion Post 274, the Pa-Po-Peake Shrine Club, and Calvert County Waterman’s Association. The PRAD festival is made possible by the generous support of the Calvert County Commissioners and NRG Chalk Point Generating Station.
Funding for this year’s PRAD grants will provide a host of programs to the community that help educate citizens about the importance of the Patuxent River and the need to protect it. The first grant is awarded to the CHESPAX program for 7th graders in the Calvert County Public school system. The money will be used for the enhancement of the CHESPAX SAV program and will assist in the advancement of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics goals for the school system. Historic Sotterley has school programs that are interdisciplinary, touching on the environment, social studies, and the history of the Patuxent River. The Patuxent Riverkeeper works throughout the Patuxent watershed to rally and engage people and communities toward the aim of conserving, protecting and replenishing the Patuxent River’s water quality.
These grants are made possible through the efforts of the PRAD Inc. board members and contributors. For more information on PRAD grants or future grant programs, please contact Melissa McCormick at 410-326-2042 x41.