Grant writers get good start

Grant-writer Jennifer Kizer accepts a classroom scholarship award.

Less than a year ago, a new committee formed to explore the possibility of writing grants for St. Joseph School. A group of parents and staffers came together to fulfill this need. Now, the group has secured nearly $70,000 for the school.

The group’s first priority was to write an Empowerment grant to help with the costs of starting the new St. Joseph Preschool. The grant writers were successful and received one of their first grants for more than $17,500. This money was used to purchase equipment, books and supplies for the preschool.

Another grant was received from the Clinton County Development Association for $37,500, which made it possible to fix the school’s aging roof.

Other grants have funded lunchroom tables, books, playground equipment, LCD projectors and new desks. These projects would not have been possible without the businesses and foundations that make grants possible and help fund Catholic education.      

The grant writers include Stacy Bloom, Mary Bridget Duray, Mary Townsley, Jennifer Kizer, Warren Kizer and Chris Meyer. This group continues to look to the future and has many new projects on the horizon.          

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