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Schools awarded grants from Huron Co. Community Foundation

Cary Ashby • Jan 27, 2020 at 10:15 AM

NORWALK — Betty Kelly used her mini-grant from the Huron County Community Foundation to help her students experience the writing process from the beginning to the end last year.

By the conclusion of the academic year, the Willard Elementary School first-graders were published authors. 

“The exciting part of is the book reveal event. … Nobody sees the book until that night,” Kelly said. “It’s a wonderful culminating project at the end of the year.”

Parents, teachers, and administrators were invited to the event, which includes refreshments, decorations and a photo booth. Grant money helped pay for those items plus materials related to publishing the students’ books.

“That smile on that kid’s face when they get introduced like that is so much fun,” Kelly said.

This year, Huron County Community Foundation awarded more than $22,700 to teachers in nine schools for various projects. President Denny Camp and advancement officer Michele Skinn, who helps process the grants, presented checks to superintendents, administrators and teachers in the following schools: Bellevue, Immaculate Conception, Monroeville, New London, Norwalk city, Norwalk Catholic, South Central, Western Reserve and Willard.

“The Huron County Community Foundation is managed by a local board of directors and operates as an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Lorain County. Though we are under the umbrella of Lorain, all the funds contributed to the Huron County Community Foundation are designated to support projects and programs that benefit the residents of Huron County,” Camp said.

The board members are: Ricky Branham, Ray Chapin, Bill Kalfs, Sharon Mastroianni, Vicki Missler, Kathleen Olak, Jeff Savage and Camp.

“The Huron County Community Foundation provides a vehicle for donors to set up funds to support a favorite charity, donor-advised funds, field of interest funds, as well as scholarship support for area students,” Camp said.

“This (grant) program allows us to provide teachers with the financial support to add special projects and programs that may not otherwise be available to our children,” he added. “These grants are made possible by forward-thinking individuals, looking to leave a legacy and support their favorite charities. (An) endowment allows people to not only provide support to their favorite charities and programs in life, but also to leave a legacy of support in perpetuity.”

Bellevue City Schools received the largest grant this year, $7,573 to be used for 19 projects. The foundation awarded Immaculate Conception School $232 for “reading and writing sight words in kindergarten.”

“This is typically money teachers couldn’t get through the school district,” Camp said. “This is our chance to help out the schools.”