Kiwanis award mini-grant recipients

Mountain Area school programs received a generous financial boost Tuesday Jan. 13, 2015 after the local Sierra-Oakhurst Kiwanis Club once again donated proceeds from the Run for Gold Car Show to help supplement school programs for the students of the community in the form of mini-grants.

The Run for Gold Car Show is in its 13th year and is held every year in September.

In order to qualify each program was required to submit a letter of intent as well as reasons why they need the money.

After reviewing applications the Sierra-Oakhurst Kiwanis Club divided the money amongst the groups based on what was needed and how much was necessary to accomplish each specific goal.

This year marks the Kiwanis 13th consecutive year in which proceeds from the car show were given to help supplement local school programs after the idea came about to give proceeds back to local schools.

“Kiwanis being an international organization, or biggest concern is taking care of one child at a time in the communities and that is that only things Kiwanis does is work for children...we have no other areas of functions we concentrate on. everything is strictly for the community,” said club president Harvey Lutz.

All together the Kiwanis have donated more than $90,000 to local school and said this year was one of its most successful years raising more than $10,000.

This year’s min-grant recipients include:

Wasuma Elementary

*  Costume props and decorations for a first time Patriotic performance in February 2015

*  Ear buds for each students in grades 3-6 for viewing of individual videos and instruction with sound

Oak Creek Intermediate

*  For new beginning percussion instruments and annual maintenance and repairs of school band instruments

Oakhurst Elementary

*  Specific art materials for the third to fifth Art program which provides an accomplished artist for weekly classroom visits.

*  Science kits tot help students understand and apply skills through hands on discovery. To purchase two new “DACTA” engineering sets to build machines with gears/pulleys, cranes and windmills.

Spring Valley

*  To cover advertising and material for “Tinker” stations at the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Tinker Faire, showcasing inventions experiments, crafts and all things imaginative.

North Fork Elementary/Middle School

*  Fine Arts music and drama program by teaching music and all aspects of putting on a production

Chawanakee Academy

*  Sets of balls, basketballs, footballs, hula hoops, bean bags, stacking cups and a parachute to avoid sharing equipment with Spring Valley students.

*  Six Moby Max tablets integrated with Common Core standards to supplement and enhances the current one.

*  Art supplies for backdrops, costumes, props, scripts, and royalty fees for the ongoing Drama program

Rivergold/Coarsegold Elementary

*  Annual repair and maintenance for band instruments

Coarsegold Elementary

*  Set of four to five iPads with cases in each classroom for a total of 8-10 enabling students to do research, develop technology skills and on line collaboration.

*  Tablets allowing students to practice and develop many skills and allow teachers to re-mediate, teach, and extend lessons focusing on specific learning skills

*  Three tablets to provide more opportunity to use technology in the classrooms.

- Staff report