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07/13/2017

 Reception honors recipients of Schmeeckle Foundation Grants
Grants recipients are:
o $17,000 to Fairmont Youth Hockey Association’s Skate on Us project to provide funding for free open skating and skate rentals to those 18 years old and younger, and replace 120 pairs of youth rental skates and music equipment.
o $2,500 in partnership with the city of Truman and the Truman Baseball Association to benefit disabled children in the community.
o $20,000 to the Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center for the Lakeview Cuisine project, which provides meals for the Lakeview campus, as well as Meals-on-Wheels, Senior Dining, Head Start and, beginning this year, Building Blocks daycare. The funding will help upgrade kitchen equipment to increase efficiency.
o $2,500 to the Martin County 4-H Performing Arts Project Club, an eight-month club for youth in grades 6-12, focusing on performing arts lessons and skill development. Participants have the opportunity to attend live performances and participate in professionally-led workshops.
o $3,700 to Martin County Pheasants Forever for the Pollinator Project, Gruven Wildlife Management Area. In cooperation with Fairmont Public Schools, students will aid in the planting of a 4-acre specialty pollinator plot on public grounds.
o $5,448 to MRCI WorkSource, Fairmont, for the Arts Enrichment Inclusion Opportunity project. This program provides a creative outlet for individuals with disabilities.
o $10,000 to the South Central Minnesota Interpretive Center and Heritage Trails, Inc. for the Protecting the Historical Integrity project. This will go toward re-roofing the barn and re-siding the chapel, preserving the buildings for future use and historical preservation.
o $20,000 to STEP, Inc., to support a project to increase Martin County’s capacity to employ people with disabilities in individual, integrated, community employment. STEP, Inc., will train employees in new job development strategies and will work with local employers and families with the goal of increasing community work opportunities for people with significant disabilities.
The Schmeeckle Private Foundation is a family foundation serving Martin County. The Foundation is carrying on the legacy of long-time Martin County resident Juanita Ellen (Teubner) Schmeeckle to provide grants for the betterment of Martin County.


ROD HALVORSEN
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