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Mystic Aquarium parent company gets grant

Mystic - The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Co., has awarded a $15,000 grant to the Sea Research Foundation, the parent company of Mystic Aquarium.

The grant will give local school groups the chance to participate in the Sea Research Foundation's conservation-focused program, "Where the City Meets the Sea: The Long Island Sound Outreach Program" designed for students in grades 4 to 10. The grant supports the involvement of approximately 275 students from Kelly Middle School and Teachers Memorial Middle School in Norwich and fourth-graders from Jennings Elementary, Winthrop Elementary and Harbor School in New London.

"This program helps kids observe science in their everyday life and connect what they learn in school with what they see in the environment," said Kelly Matis, vice president of education and public conservation programs. "Classroom presentations, coastline visits and a trip to Mystic Aquarium provide opportunities to learn about Long Island Sound and its impact on their lives."

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