Students are quizzed on their knowledge of survival skills and Hunger Games trivia at the Edge summer program at Scottsburg Middle School. This year’s theme was “Hunger Games” and the program ended with a field trip to see the movie in Louisville. There were about 25 students on average who attended the daily camp during June.

The Scott County Community Foundation has awarded $58,000 in grants to several local agencies during its 2012 Community Grants Program, announced grants committee chairperson Hank Jentzen. The recipients will be formally recognized at the Foundation’s “Thanks4Giving” fall dinner this November.

The organizations, the amount awarded and the purpose of the request are:

•           Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Indiana (Scott County program), $4,000 to allow more students to be matched in school-based mentoring program

•           Blessings in a Backpack, $5,000 to provide food to elementary aged children every weekend during the school year

•           CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), $3,000 to assist with operating expenses for program that serves abused and neglected children of Scott County

•           City of Scottsburg Police Department, $3,200 to purchase equipment for in-car computer initiative, allowing police officers to patrol longer and respond to calls quicker

•           Englishton Park, $3,000 to provide assistance for the summer camp program

•           Lexington Good Faith Preschool, $5,750 to provide free preschool services to children of Lexington Township

•           LifeSpan Resources, $1,350 for a prescription assistance program for elderly and disabled clients

•           O.V.O. Head Start, $2,200 for Minds-in-Motion equipment to benefit preschool students

•           Reach Out and Read Indiana, $1,000, to distribute books to children ages 6 months through 5 years through pediatric visits at Foundation Family Medicine and Scottsburg Family Healthcare in Scott County

•           Scott County Partnership, $4,000 to provide food for the Clearinghouse

•           Scott County Partnership, $1,750 to provide assistance for GED testing fees

•           Scott County Partnership, $2,000 for the Circles Campaign, a program working to eliminate poverty

•           Scott County Partnership, $2,500 to provide field trips and supplies for the summer EDGE program

In addition, the Board of Directors awarded $19,331 from the Scott County CAPE

Educational Endowment Fund to the Scott County Partnership to continue educational initiatives.

“As in years past, the grants committee had a difficult time deciding which organizations to award grants,” said Jentzen. “With over $137,000 in requests, it was an extremely competitive process and there were so many deserving projects. The Scott County Community Foundation would like to congratulate those who have received funding, and thank all the applicants for their desire to makeScottCountya great community to live in.”

The grants were made possible from the Addie Mae Graham Memorial Fund, Lauren Graham Memorial Fund, Hazel and Lowell Lowry Sr. Memorial Fund, L.L. and Juanita Lowry Unrestricted Fund, John and Janice Martin Unrestricted Fund, Dr. William and Diann Scott Unrestricted Fund, Scott County Immediate Response Fund, Scott County Memorial Fund, the Community Enrichment Fund, and a donation from Monsanto Fund.

In addition, funding for CASA, LifeSpan Resources and the Clearinghouse was made possible, in part, from the Donald R. Collins Sr. Family Fund. Through their membership in the Forever Tree Society, earnings from the family’s fund are able to support specific charitable projects in the community.

For more information on the Scott County Community Foundation, call 752-2057, email info@scottcountyfoundation.org or stop in the office at 60 N. Main St., Scottsburg. You may also visit the website to view pictures and information at www.scottcountyfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/ScottCountyCommunityFoundation.