Westerville Education Challenge Grant Application Deadline is June 30

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What is the Westerville Education Challenge? The Westerville Education Challenge was established on August 6, 2009. A group of parents and community members sought to raise private support for public education in Westerville City Schools.

The initial desire was to provide funding and a long term financial solution for Challenge Day, a program that teaches students and community mentors about diversity and acceptance. Challenge Day is offered to all high school freshmen (1,000 students) at the three high schools in Westerville. The first annual fundraiser was held October 3, 2009.

The first event was Boots N BBQ at the Barn. Fundraising efforts included an admission fee for dinner, silent auction, and a live auction. Dr. Dan Good (Superintendent of Westerville City Schools) and Anne Gonzales (Mayor of Westerville) served as auctioneers. Raffle prizes were also given.

Westerville Education Challenge plans to hold an annual dinner/dance to continue to raise financial support that will reward teachers and the school district by funding creative and innovative projects that enrich curricular and extra-curricular activities and directly enhance educational opportunities for a significant number of students in Westerville
To date, Westerville Education Challenge has donated $14,500 to Westerville Schools to provide support for Challenge Day. Funding has been set aside to give support to sustain Challenge Day into the future.

This grant cycle of up to $5,000 will be awarded. Applicants can apply for the entire amount or request a portion of the available award dollars.

Two-page application forms for grants are available at http://wec.wildapricot.org, or by Googling “Westerville Education Challenge.” Brevity is encouraged. Two-page applications are preferred, with a four-page maximum. Completed forms may be submitted either by U.S. mail to Westerville Education Challenge, P.O. Box 1863, Westerville, OH 43086-1863; or by e-mail to info@westervilleeducationchallenge.org, using a Microsoft Word or PDF formatted attachment.

Deadline for the submitting applications is Saturday, June 30, 2012.

For further information, please contact Marlis Byrns at marlisbyrns@me.com, 614/975-6440; or Christy Thorp at davidthorp@aol.com, 614/208-7192.