School Teams up with Business to Give Grants to Non-Profits

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Updated: 5/23/2013 6:44 pm
        As many of you know, non-profits are always looking for ways to make money in order to help their organization. Well CenturyLink teamed up with Madison Middle School’s Philanthropy Club to award local Rexburg non-profits some grant money.

These kids feel good, not just about dancing but also about giving back to their community.

“We received an email from CenturyLink back at the beginning of the school year, giving schools an opportunity to give away $3000 that they were granting out to non-profit organizations in your community” said middle school principal Michael Bone.

A number of students made presentations about the non-profit they wanted to represent, and then the students at the school and their parents voted on their favorite non-profit.

One of the top voted non-profit organizations was Four Paws Pet Adoption which received $700.

“It feels awesome, the kids, when we first visited, were really excited and we actually did it out on the blacktop over here, and they were screaming and shouting and the cats kind of got freaked out, but they loved it” said Four Paws senior volunteer Alysa Ricks.

Other recipients of the grant included the Rexburg Community Theater, the Idaho International Summerfest Program, the Orphanage Support Services
Organization, the Rexburg Police Department’s DARE Program and the Madison Education Foundation.

“We’re not just trying to make kids more intelligent, we’re trying to help them be a part, a valuable part of the community right now, and when they become older” continued Bone.

Madison Middle School was one of ten middle schools in Idaho who participated in the CenturyLink program.

Some of the other schools who participated from our area include Ririe Middle School, Jerome Middle School and Kimberly Middle School.

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