Grappone Automotive Group supports outdoor education

The Appalachian Mountain Club received a $2,500 contribution from the Grappone Automotive Group, which was accompanied by a matching grant from Toyota.

The donation will be used to support AMC's "A Mountain Classroom" programming in New Hampshire's North Country.

On an annual basis, AMC provides more than 3,750 outdoor and environmental education experiences for North Country youth. The AMC works with regional partners to deliver engaging in- and out-of-school environmental education and youth development outdoor programs. Programs are designed to increase local youths' understanding of natural processes, foster their love for the region's natural assets and beauty, and develop in them both the skills and the desire to pursue outdoor experiences.

"In 'A Mountain Classroom,' students immerse themselves in the natural world, where learning is an active endeavor involving the mind, body, and spirit," says Director Andrea Muller.

Amanda Grappone Osmer personifies the great outdoors, which influenced the connection with AMC and their youth education programs. "The more people you expose to nature, the more people will appreciate their surroundings during crisis, in turn lending positive and constructive ways to overcome hardships," says Osmer.

The Grappone Automotive Group, a fourth generation, family owned and operated business, is located in Bow, and offers auto sales and service for five dealerships. As a community partner since 1924, Grappone supports a variety of non-profit organizations annually.

The Toyota Dealer Match Program enables Grappone's contribution to go farther. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed nearly $800 million to non-profit organizations, and has always been guided by a strong belief in serving the communities where we do business. For more, www.toyota.com/about/philanthropy.

To learn more about Grappone's support for non-profit partners across the state visit www.grappone.com/community.

Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America's Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. AMC helps people of all ages and abilities to explore and develop a deep appreciation of the natural world. With chapters from Maine to Washington, D.C., guidebooks and maps, and unique lodges and huts, AMC helps people get outdoors on their own, with family and friends, and through activities close to home and beyond. AMC invites the public to support its conservation advocacy and research, youth programming, and care of 1,800 miles of trails. More information is available at www.outdoors.org.

EducationDonationAndrea Muller of the Appalachian Mountain Club (left) and Amanda Grappone Osmer of Grappone Automotive (right).