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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Foundation grants fill a variety of needs

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  • The South Central Community Foundation awards their grant money in the fall but on Jan. 15 they handed out a handful of checks granted from two charitable funds that will benefit a wide variety of People.
    The Kerr Charitable Fund made four grants available while the Leroy and Susan Jones fund issued one grant.
    From the Kerr Charitable Fund:
    Tami Rose, adaptive physical education instructor for South Central Kansas Special Education Cooperative and Special Olympics instructor was presented with a $475 grant for several items for APE and Special Olympics students.
    The equipment includes a portable popup tennis net for indoor use, a rim boll goal and a golf ball-driving mat.
    This equipment will help students improve their eye-hand coordination and gross motor coordination. Children improve physically and cognitively. It also helps student integrate with their peers by playing socially accepted games, said Bekki Pribil, SCCF executive director.
    Speech/Language Pathologist and Hearing Professionals Sign Language Instructor Deb Sparks received a $650 grant for iTunes cards for articulation applications for iPads. Some 650 to 1,040 children in elementary and high school will ultimately benefit from these thirteen $50 iTunes cards, Pribil said.
    The Pratt Senior Center was the recipient of a $945 grant for an reverse osmosis. water system that will increase the life of the dishwasher, ice machine and steam table. The treatment system while help these pieces of equipment reach their full life expectancy in spite of the hard water.
    It will also help the senior center continue to minimize equipment replacement serve meals cost effectively.
    The Blythe Family Fitness Senior Citizens Exercise Class received $660 for the purchase of additional medicine balls and exercise tubing. Personal Trainer Wade Elwood received the check on behalf of the class known as "Wade's Warriors."
    The class has proven to be so popular that it quickly outgrew the available equipment. The additional funds will help the growing class provide an exercise program that helps keep people healthy and fit.
    The SCCF also presented grant money from the Leroy and Susan Jones Fund to the Busy Bea Child Care Center that currently serves about 40 children. The $500 grant will be used to purchase additional toys, books and supplies.
    Tammie Sanko, childcare director accepted the check.
    The South Central Community Foundation has been providing grant money for 20 years. Their latest round of grants was $64,600 for various community projects and teachers received $8,600 for classroom use.
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