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Sending You Warm Wishes this Winter!

Hello Friends, 

Since we last wrote to you, the Mountain SOL School has received two more grants, along with the Biodiversity Advocates for the Mountains (BAM!) grant through the Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation. We received funding from the Norcross Foundation to purchase much-needed laptops, tablets, and software for our Mountain SOL staff. We thank the Norcross Foundation for their generosity.

The second grant we received is through Project Learning Tree GreenWorks!. We are excited to receive this grant because it will allow the Mountain SOL School and MLA to participate in the Monarch Sister Schools program. This program is a network of schools in the U.S. and Canada that create Monarch butterfly habitat to be used as outdoor classrooms. Schools enrolled in this program partner with a "Sister School" located in Central Mexico near the Monarchs' over-wintering habitat. Children will learn about habitat, life cycles, and migration while engaging in a cross-border collaboration to address the Monarch's declining migratory population. Needless to say, we are beyond excited to start this project!

We are finishing up this semester in anticipation of next semester's projects. This fall, MLA students completed a 3-week unit on team building with P.E. instructor Ms. Amber and a 3-week unit in Art classes with a focus on local wildlife. Our after-school programs will be participating in a Mountain SOL graduation ceremony next week. These students developed mapping skills and other outdoor skills, such as weather preparedness and "how to dress for the elements". All students are taught to be prepared for any type of weather. Mountain SOL classes will be held rain or shine.

Because Tuesday, December 2 is designated as Giving Tuesday, we hope you will consider donating to our organization. Your donation to the Mountain SOL School would be used to fund staff time, which is not currently covered by grant funding. All Mountain SOL Staff are mainly volunteer with roughly 50% compensation for their time. With your donation, we can pay our staff and ensure they will earn a proper living wage while doing the work they love.


Any donation you make to the Mountain SOL School is tax deductible and is appreciated by our staff and students.

Thank you for supporting us through our first semester. We couldn't have done it without your continued support and encouragement.

See you in the woods! 

Hannah Spencer
President, Aurora Lights
Enroll your child in our Spring 2015 after-school programs now!
Mountain Mallards will meet every Monday and Mountain Jaguares will meet every Wednesday. Visit for more info.
The Mountain Mallards and Mountain Jaguares finished a successful semester!
Next week, our after-school students will be graduating from a successful semester of developing mapping skills and other beneficial outdoor skills. View pictures from the semester on our Facebook page. 
Here's a really easy way to donate to Aurora Lights and the Mountain SOL School!
Use Amazon Smile, choose Aurora Lights as your charitable organization, and start shopping. Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase to us at no extra cost to you!

Join Aurora Lights on Thursday, December 4 for an evening of events!


The evening will start with an Appalachian Community Health Emergency (ACHE) Act House Party at 123 Pleasant Street from 5:30 to 7:00. Join us to learn more about the ACHE Act. Visit for more info.

Food from the Atomic Grill is available for purchase throughout the evening - includes vegetarian options.


At 8:00, our 2nd Annual Pickin' for Progress concert will begin. This is a fundraising concert and all proceeds will benefit Aurora Lights. 

Winter Tree Identification Workshop
Join us on Saturday, December 13 at 1:00p at Whitmore Park in Morgantown. 
Doug Gilbert will teach participants several ways to identify the common 
trees that call north-central West Virginia home.  We will discuss the ecological and economic value of these species, as well as some of the folklore surrounding them. The workshop will include a hike from the ridgetop to the floodplain, so bring your hiking shoes! The workshop will last approximately two hours. There is a suggested donation of $15 per person.
RSVP with Liz Wiles, Public Relations & Operations Manager -
You are receiving this email because a member of the Mountain SOL staff believes you would be interested in learning more about our program. 

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