Zionsville Times Sentinel

March 26, 2014

YAR awards more than $8,200 in grants

Staff Report
Zionsville Times Sentinel

---- — Youth as Resources Boone County, a program of the United Way of Central Indiana, has awarded more than $8,200 to fund community service projects designed and implemented by Boone County youth.

Last week, a kickoff celebration was held at Trinity Lutheran Church to honor area youth volunteers. This year, Youth as Resources Boone County awarded $8,256.30 to 10 youth-led projects. That includes three student-led projects, two Girl Scout projects, one library teen council project, one 4-H club project, one church youth group project, and two youth-led projects at the Boys & Girls Club of Zionsville.

The 2014 grant recipients and their projects are:

•	Books with Buddies, a project led by Girl Scout Troop 1585, received $749.88 to continue a reading club for 18 kindergarten and first-grade students at Hattie B. Stokes in Lebanon. They will provide books for the children and lead monthly book club meetings throughout the 2014-15 school year.

•	Club Green, a project led by students at Eagle Elementary School, was awarded $370 to create Club Green, a new club that will educate students and staff on the importance of the three R's — Recycle, Reduce, Reuse. The club will meet monthly and lead recycling efforts throughout the school year. Their major project is to start recycling the 81,000 milk cartons used during the school year.

•	Craine House Children's Library, a project led by Girl Scout Troop 1585, was awarded $703.65 to create a library for the children who live at The Craine House in Marion County. To help instill the love of reading in these children, the girls will also host story times and share their favorite books.

•	Going For The Gold, a project by members of the Torch Club at the Zionsville Boys & Girls Club West, was awarded $983.28 to lead a Field Day with the young residents at the Indiana United Methodist Children's Home. The day will be filled with basketball relays, team-building activities, hula hoop contests and a tug-of-war competition.

•	Journey Through The Pages Teen Summer Reading Program, a project led by the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library Teen Council, was awarded $976.36 to coordinate the 2014 summer reading program that will encourage teens to read and expand their knowledge over the summer.

•	LAMB: Learning And Making Buddies, a project led by Boone County 4-H Sheep Project members, was awarded $1,000 to host a sheep show for Life Skills students from Lebanon, Western Boone and Zionsville Community high schools. The 4-H members will be paired with students to teach about sheep breeds, how to wash, shear and prepare to show the sheep. The pairs will show their sheep, and trophies will be awarded to the Life Skills students.

•	Mentors Making A Difference, a project by Western Boone High School AMP, was awarded $992.48 to support the freshmen mentoring program. Twenty-six upperclassmen will receive leadership training to assist them in mentoring freshmen students throughout the year to help them adjust to high school life.

•	Texting and Driving Awareness, a project by the Kiwanis Youth Leadership Western Boone Junior Class, was awarded $793 to coordinate a weeklong awareness campaign targeting distracted driving, specifically texting and driving.

•	You've Got a Friend in Me, a program led by the Torch Club at the Boys & Girls Club of Zionsville East, was awarded $919.60 to create care packages for Boone County foster children. The youth will create bags filled with books, a blanket, stuffed animal, gift certificates for hair cuts, and shoes and handmade greeting cards.

•	Youth Ga-Ga Pit, a project of the East Wall Street Christian Church youth group, was awarded $767.95 to build a Ga-Ga Pit at the Witham Family YMCA. Ga-Ga Ball is a variation of dodge ball and is played in a large octagon. This will be the first Ga-Ga Pit in the Lebanon area and will be available for community use.

The next grant cycle will be begin in November with grant applications due in early 2015.