South Kentucky RECC People Fund Grants Awarded
South Kentucky RECC has awarded People Fund grants to nine, worthy community organizations. The People Fund was started in 2004 at the request of members who wanted to financially help meet community needs not met by other agencies or resources. Receiving grants are: Albany Elementary School Computer Lab, Monticello Elementary School Project Launch, Oak Hill Elementary School Fourth Grade Science, Pine Knot Elementary School Drama Club, Pine Knot Elementary School Honors Choir, Project Daris, Pulaski County Extension Homemakers, Southwestern High School FBLA and Whitley City Elementary Choir.
To date, more than 3,500 SKRECC members are participating in The People Fund, which allows the co-op members to “round up” their electric bills to the nearest dollar, with an average of 50 cents per participating member being contributed each month to the program. The most that it could cost a member is $11.88 each year.
Members interested in participating in The People Fund and rounding up their bill can sign up through the South Kentucky RECC member portal at www.skrecc.com. Click the link below The People Fund heading to sign up your account(s) instantly. Members can also get an application from their South Kentucky RECC office or by calling their local office.
Any organization that wishes to apply for a grant can get an application on the SKRECC Web site at www.skrecc.com under the Programs and Services Menu item. The next application deadline is January 31.
South Kentucky RECC Service Center Representative Rachel Claborn presents a People Fund grant to Eric Mercer, Albany Elementary School Practical Living and Vocational Studies teacher for the purchase of a 3D printer and LEGO Education WeDo Core Sets for the computer lab.
Don Bethel, South Kentucky RECC Staking Engineer presents a People Fund grant to Melissa Conn, Monticello Elementary Project Launch Teacher. Project Launch is to help elementary-age students prepare to learn 21st century skills, such as engineering. The grant will be used to purchase iPads for students’ use.
South Kentucky RECC I-T Technician Melisa Butte, far right, presents a People Fund grant check to Oak Hill Elementary Science Teacher Bobbie Haney to be used for the purchase of tower gardens for students to learn how to grow organic plants indoors, year round. The goal is to eventually serve organically-grown food to Oak Hill students. Also helping accept the grant are fourth grade science students and Oak Hill Elementary Principal Mark Flynn.
Pine Knot Elementary Drama/Music teacher Megan Chitwood accepts People Fund grant checks for the Drama Club and Honors Choir from South Kentucky RECC Line Technician Ricky Shelton.
Melissa Dye, with Project Daris and the mother of the young man the program is named for, accepts a People Fund grant from South Kentucky RECC Cashier Supervisor Heather Idlewine. The grant will be used to help educate school students on the dangers of misusing or abusing drugs.
South Kentucky RECC Buildings and Grounds Manager Jeff Girdler presents Pulaski County Family Consumer Sciences Extension Agent Edith Lovett with a People Fund grant to be used for the purchase of shoes or socks for children enrolled in Pulaski County Head Start.
Southwestern High School Future Business Leaders of America Club President Savannah Troxell accepts a People Fund grant from South Kentucky RECC Special Projects Engineer Bruce Parkey. Also helping accept the check are FBLA Advisor Chris Muse and the rest of the FBLA officers.
South Kentucky RECC Service Center Representative Mindy Wilder, right, presents a People Fund grant check to Whitley City Elementary teacher Jennifer Murphy to use for that school’s choir.