The director of his parish preschool, Father Thomas Maikowski is also the administrator of a parish in a diocese in the southwestern United States. Committed to his local and religious communities, Father Thomas Maikowski is involved with a number of charitable organizations, including the Missionaries of Charity and the National Catholic Educational Association.
Among the many resources it provides, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) sponsors the Monarch Rescue Schools Grant for schools that take part in the multi-organization efforts of the Monarch Rescue Program. To support the dwindling Monarch butterfly population, the NCEA accepted grant applications from Catholic schools in the butterfly’s migration route to plant gardens that will cultivate their habitat, create learning modules to engage students and the community in the project, and incorporate Catholic teaching on the importance of environmental engagement.
For its inaugural grant year, NCEA awarded grants to 10 schools throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. As part of the grant, the schools will also monitor the effectiveness of the gardens and respond to issues in subsequent years.