Some of you may recall that Kootenai Environmental Alliance was competing in a competition for grant funding from Tom’s of Maine, the toothpaste maker and good corporate citizen. Well, despite all the clicking, KEA came up short. Tom’s recently announced the grant winners on their website.
Tom’s is funding some excellent projects: a backyard garden program for low income residents in Ohio, improvements to a low income housing project in North Carolina, a spay-and-neuter program in Houston, and a fruit tree gleaning program for low income households (much like KEA’s Community Roots program) in Washington DC.
But one winner caught our attention and we suspect we should take some sort of consolation prize. An elementary school in Venice, California won a Tom’s grant to create a native plant rain garden to deal with stormwater runoff. That would be Coeur d’Alene Elementary School. In Venice, California. Not in Idaho.
Voters were probably just confused.
Seriously, congratulations to the winners. Thanks to all our IDAHO voters. And maybe we’ll try again next year.