Monterey Trail High School’s Design and Technology Academy (DATA) has been selected as a recipient of a $5,000 Sacramento Municipal and Utility District (SMUD) Energize Minds for Solar Design grant, as well as a $500 Region 3 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Service-Learning Initiative After School mini-grant from the Yolo County Office of Education (YCOE).
The DATA program will use the grants to implement the new “Don’t Trash the Trail” program at Monterey Trail and to further develop a solar powered trash compactor. The “Don’t Trash the Trail” program focuses on educating the school population on the importance of environmental issues. The solar powered trash compactor, which is one-third of the program, is being developed to encourage students and staff to dispose of their trash properly. Two of Monterey Trail’s recent graduates, James Reede and Gera Groshev, wrote the successful grant proposals.