10 year-old Grand Lake Stream Girl Receives HAPPY Grant

The mysteries of Easter Island fueled Princeton Elementary School student, Vivian Noakes’ desire to become a forensic archaeologist. For now, she is happy to spend her time on hobbies like horseback riding, scrapbooking, and reading books about Greek mythology.

This fascinating 5th grader also has an inspiring vision for her community – the creation of a public children’s garden. It was this project that led Noakes to apply for the HAPPY Grant.  In her grant application she explains the reason for wanting to undertake this project:

“Grand Lake Stream has a lot of children who come on vacation in the summer.  They don’t always know each other or those of us who live here all year.  We could do projects in the garden as a way to get to know each other. I would love to make it a place where we could play hide and seek, build fairy houses, or have pretend adventures. Also Grand Lake Stream has a lot of trees and grass but not a lot of flowers.  When kids come here on vacation, it will be nice to have some place to dig and play that would be just ours.”

Prior to receiving the grant, this community-minded student gained support of the town to use a public parcel of land for her project and of a Women’s group to assist with the supplies and labor.  Noakes will use the funds from the grant to purchase flowers and gardening tools that can be used by children visiting the garden.

You can learn more about Vivian Noakes’ project --  and how you may get involved --by visiting her GLS Children’s Garden page on Facebook.

The HAPPY Grant (Helping and Acknowledging Positive, Purpose-led Youth) is a grass roots funding program established in 2011 by Positivity Nation™ founder, Lanette Pottle.  Twice a year up to three Washington County youths who are planning & leading a project to make a difference in their community, or organization receive a $250 grant.  There is an application and interview process prior to recipients being selected.  Applications for the next round of grants will be available in March 2014. To learn more about the HAPPY grant and the work of Positivity Nation™, visit  <www.positivitynation.com>