South Freshman Earns $392k Grant
Sophie Sawyer-Terlinden, a freshman at South had a remarkable summer. She was asked by her father, David Sawyer, the Turner City Administrator, to give a presentation regarding a grant for the city of Turner. This summer she got the opportunity to testify in front of the Local Government Grant Program Advisory Committee [LGGP].
She had the opportunity to give a presentation to LGGP to help the development of a park in Turner that was recently purchased. They provide grant assistance for public parks and outdoor recreation areas and facilities. Her goal was to get a grant to build park amenities which would add many features to the park. She was successful, and was granted $392,000 to start the process.
“The city is planning on making a park right next to a lake they just bought, they are turning one part of it into a recreational area where they are going to make hiking trails in the woods in the upper area, and a boat ramp, and a park,” Sawyer-Terlinden said.
Sawyer-Terlinden believes it would be very cool to see how they use the money to make the park look brand new, and nice. Once this park is finished it will be accessible by the public to enjoy whenever they would like to go visit it.
During her three years of middle school she attended Jane Goodall Middle School, a school which is very focused on the environment. During her time there she had the opportunity to learn a lot about the environment, and give presentations regarding environmental issues. Her school was involved in an event called Work-A-Thon which was created to help parks which needed a lot of work done.