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Community Foundation Grants Support USD 407

Russell County Area Community Foundation LogoThe Russell County Area Community Foundation announced $6,200 in grants to USD 407 to support the health and well-being of children in the Russell County Area.

"The Foundation is excited to partner with teachers and administrators to offer innovative programs and state-of-the-art equipment that support healthful living and help students achieve their fullest potential," said Angela Muller, Executive Director of the Community Foundation.

The grants include $2,400 to implement a new water conservation education program for middle school science classes. Hands on activities will correlate to state standards and reinforce problem solving, critical thinking and other skills as children learn about conservation and practical methods they can implement at home, such as repurposed dish water and rain barrel usage.

Ruppenthal Middle School also receives a $1,000 grant for an online math enrichment program that provides individualized practice for students who struggle with math concepts.

Students participating in athletics will benefit from a $1,000 grant to modernize the athletic training room at Russell High School. The grant will help purchase new rehabilitation equipment, such as cuff weights, dumbbells and resistance bands, as well as ultrasound supplies.

Special education students at Russell High School will enjoy an $800 grant to support a two-day Touchstone Leadership Retreat that promotes team building and leadership training, while encouraging each student to do their very best for themselves.

Bickerdyke Elementary School receives a $750 grant to purchase new reading material for electronic Nook Books. "Hooking Kids on Reading Nook Books!" is an innovative library program that promotes literacy while teaching young students how to use modern digital media.

Finally, students participating in the International Livestock Judging contest in Edinburgh, Scotland receive a $250 grant to help pay for their life-changing trip.

Funding for the grants come the generosity of donors who contribute to the Kansas Health Foundation Children's Fund. Currently, donations to the Community Foundation's endowed funds, with the exception of scholarship funds, receive a partial match through the GROW endowment challenge sponsored by the Kansas Health Foundation. Matching funds support the Foundation's operations and community health projects.

The Russell County Area Community Foundation was established in 2001 to create a permanent source of philanthropy to address current and future community needs through grant making and partnerships. Since inception, the Community Foundation and its generous donors have directed more than $1 million to meaningful causes and issues – from the arts and childhood education to historical preservation and hunger relief. The Community Foundation is the largest provider of grants and scholarships in the Russell County area.

For more information on grants or how you can give to important causes in the Russell County Area, visit them on the web at www.rcacf.net or call Angela Muller, Executive Director, at 785-445-3611.

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