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An Ashton Elementary student tries out the new listening library equipment the school purchased with grant money from the Dickens Family Grant Fund.
An Ashton Elementary student tries out the new listening library equipment the school purchased with grant money from the Dickens Family Grant Fund.
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MASON COUNTY — Mason County Community Foundation (MCCF) has announced $55,133 in grant awards for community-based programs in the county.


MCCF awarded these grants through the affiliate Community Action Grant cycle: of Our Community’s Foundation - the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) and the Regional Affiliate Foundations of Doddridge, Ritchie, Jackson, Mason Counties and the Little Kanawha Area.


MCCF awarded $6,365 through its Community Support and Youth Funds, including a $2,265 grant to Main Street Baptist Church to support its “Backpack Blessings” program, which provides supplemental food items to participating K-2 children from Point Pleasant Primary School who are in need of food for weekends. Mason County CERT is receiving a $3,100 MCCF grant to purchase manuals, radios, and clothing to equip 20 CERT volunteers. A $1,000 MCCF grant will assist Point Pleasant Primary School with the purchase of stringed instruments to enhance music programming in the school system.


The Gordon C. and Mildred R. Jackson Foundation Advised Fund, which became part of MCCF two years ago, awarded $41,229 in grants this fall. Grants awarded by the Jackson Foundation Advised Fund are as follows: Main Street Baptist Church - $1,500 to support “Backpack Blessings” which provides supplemental food for weekends to participating K-2 children from Point Pleasant Primary School; Make-a-Wish of Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia - $3,900 to support wish expenses for a Mason County child; Mason County Public Library - $2,600 for a display case and folding chairs; Mason County Schools - $4,500 to provide ACT test preparation classes for high school students; Mason County Sherriff’s Department - $400 to support the DARE program; New Haven and Community Volunteer Fire Department - $3,200 to purchase a hose reel and personal protective equipment for firefighters.


Other grants awarded by the Jackson Foundation Advised Fund are; Point Pleasant High School Baseball Boosters - $5,000 for improvements to the baseball facilities; Point Pleasant Junior Senior High School - $14,129 to purchase ipads and a charging cart to improve the Gordon and Mildred Jackson library’s research capabilities and to implement “flipped classroom” instruction; Point Pleasant Primary School - $3,500 to purchase stringed instruments to enhance music programs; West Virginia University Foundation, Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Project - $2,500 to support comprehensive low vision clinics for children in the Mid-Ohio Valley.


For the third year, MCCF also awarded grant to schools in Mason County through the Dickens Family Grant Fund for Mason County Schools. This fund provides grants ranging from $500 – $1,000 each for innovative projects that will enhance the education of Mason County students. MCCF awarded a total of $7,539 from the Dickens Family Fund this fall. Schools receiving grants this year are: Ashton Elementary School - $994 to develop a listening library for first grade classrooms; Beale Elementary School - $1,000 to support performances by Sadecky’s Puppets, teaching kindness and respect to students; Mason County Alternative Education - $920 to purchase graphing calculators; Point Pleasant Junior Senior High School - $900 to purchase “Geo Safari” devices for geography instruction; Point Pleasant Primary School - $1,000 to purchase stringed instruments to enhance music programs; Roosevelt Elementary School - $800 for a school garden project for fifth and sixth graders and $1,000 to purchase pedometer kits for students and teachers to improve physical fitness. Wahama Junior Senior High School - $925 to purchase paperback novels to be used in project-based learning in the classroom.


These grants are part of the Foundation’s fall Community Action Grant Program, which awarded a total of $200,913 to organizations within the Foundation’s eleven-county service region of Wood, Wirt, Ritchie, Doddridge, Mason, Calhoun, Gilmer, Roane, Pleasants, and Jackson Counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio, including several PACF grants that benefited Mason Counties. PACF is providing an additional $4,000 to support Mason County CERT and an additional $4,700 for WVU’s Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Project.


Our Community’s Foundation began in 1963, and manages more than 400 charitable funds, supporting a wide variety of charitable causes in our region. Last year, the Foundation awarded $1.65 million to the region in grants and scholarships. For more information on Our Community’s Foundation, please contact 304.428.4438 or info@pacfwv.com.


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