Huntington West Virginia's Ritter Park fountain

Foundation Announces 1st Quarter 2017 Grant Recipients

FIRST QUARTER 2017 FUNDING CYCLE - 21st CENTURY ENDOWMENT FUND
FOUNDATION FOR THE TRI-STATE COMMUNITY, INC.

BARBOURSVILLE CVB. WEST VIRGINIA
$2,500.00
PROJECT PLAY
This project is a collaboration between the East Huntington Kiwanis Club, the Village of Barboursville, and the Barboursville Convention and Visitors Bureau formed to construct an all-inclusive playground in Barboursville Park.  In addition to featuring playground equipment that will usable by children of all abilities, the park will include outdoor fitness equipment that can be utilized by adults.

LAWRENCE COUNTY EDUCATIONAL SERVICE CENTER…………………………………..OHIO
………………………………………………………………………………………….$1,500.00
SEE THE WORLD AND FIND MY PATH
Grantee seeks to prepare middle school students for choosing a college and/or career path by exposing them to college and career experiences including college and office visits.  Additionally, students will participate in financial literacy and entrepreneurship courses.  Math teachers and volunteers from local banking institutions will teach the students basic financial literacy skills, and the students will be asked to develop a product and manage a business to demonstrate mastery of these skills.

WAYNE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION ……………………………………………….WEST VIRGINIA
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………$5,000.00
SUPPORTING LITERACY IN WAYNE COUNTY
Through 4-H and West Virginia Extension, Wayne County schools offer Energy Express, an AmeriCorps program designed to curb loss in reading achievement over the summer months, at three elementary schools in Wayne County.  In order to expand the program to Buffalo Elementary, the grantee must raise 30% of the overall cost of the program.  Funded, in part, by West Virginia Neighborhood Investment Program Endowment Fund.

ASHLAND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT KENTUCKY
$2,281.00
GONOODLE- ASHLAND
Kentucky “strongly recommends” students get 150 minutes of physical activity per week.  Ashland Schools currently have a grant that enables them to employ a P.E. teacher at each elementary school in order to provide this for students.  This grant ends at the end of the school year, and the District will likely revert to using one or two P.E. teachers to rotate through elementary schools.  This will diminish the amount of physical activity the students receive each week.  In an attempt to supplement that, the District has proposed purchasing software (“GoNoodle Plus”) that would help classroom teachers incorporate elements of physical activity into their lessons.  If purchased, classroom teachers would be required to use the program at least 10 minutes per day. 

AMERICA’S BEST COMMUNITIES FUND ……………………………………………….WEST VIRGINIA

………………………………………………………………………………………………………$3,712.50
AMERICA’S BEST COMMUNITY COMPETITION
This grant will assist the ABC team with purchase of design services and printing cost for the final version of the revitalization plan to be submitted for judging as Huntington goes up against seven other communities vying for the final prize of $3 million dollars to be used by the winning community to implement the economic revitalization plans they have proposed.  Huntington’s projects, which are located in three distressed neighborhoods, have been bundled together as the “HIP Plan”, or Huntington Innovation Project.

COALFIELD DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION …………………………………………….WEST VIRGINIA
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………$3,712.50
WEST EDGE FACTORY ACCESSIBILITY IMPROVEMENTS
This grant will assist with the construction of a wheelchair ramp and signage for the West Edge Factory, to assist in efforts to make the facility ADA compliant.  Coalfield acquired the vacant factory to accelerate job creation and serve as a workforce training center for a variety of job sectors.  In addition to workforce development contributions, increased use of the building itself has already reduced neighborhood crime rates and increased local property values.  ADA compliance will make the building an even greater asset to the region.