Classrooms get $39,000 in grants from Foundation

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By The Staff

The Levy County Schools Foundation (LCSF) awarded over $39,000 to classrooms and teachers for the 2008-2009 school year.

The funding for classroom grants comes from several different sources. The largest of these sources is the State Legislation Matching Fund Grant. This past year the State of Florida gave over $12,000 to the Levy County Foundation which in turn matched that contribution with corporate and private donations.

The largest match to that money came from M.M. Parrish Construction Company that holds an annual Golf tournament every year and raises over $8,000 that goes directly to the Foundation for the state matching grant. The main use of the state matching grant is to fund literacy and lower performing students through the efforts of one-on-one tutoring at each school.

“With the proposed budget cuts that are being trickled down to us this year from the state legislature, there is a strong possibility that we may not have these matching funds next year from the state. This will surely be missed by our students and teachers and we hope to find a way to make these funds up in private donations so we do not have to cut these vital literacy programs.” Laura Slaback, Executive Director, Levy County Schools Foundation.

In addition, to the state matching grant, the Foundation receives Grants from Citigroup Financial, Progress Energy, Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union (for Kids Foundation), GFWC Williston Junior Woman’s Club and the NICE Grants Program (New Ideas for Classroom Education) which is funded 100 percent by the employees and teachers of the school district. They give over $10,000 each year through payroll deduction that goes directly back to helping fund creative ideas and programs for the classroom.

This year over 46 classroom grants were given in addition to the state literacy program at every school.

Just this past week the Foundation was awarded another $5,000 from a grant they applied for from Plum Creek Timber. Phil Parker, who represents Plum Creek and also is a Foundation board member, presented the check to the Board of Directors at their meeting last week.

In addition to the classroom grants program, during the past decade, the Foundation has distributed thousands of dollars in scholarships, with over $58,000 awarded in the past year alone.

To contribute to the Levy Schools Foundation, contact our office at 486-3408. Contributions are tax deductible