With this money, I purchased 14 new Chrome & HP laptops, some new computer desks, headphones, and desk chairs. Also, we had to purchase a firewall for security purposes called Titan HQ. I did up grading to the computer lab and items needed for the teachers to be able to work with these kids.
Thanks to Ala-Tom RC&D Council we were able to repurpose the use of the grant funds to repair the hard-wood floor, replace the sub-floor in the gym and replace broken windows and doors since the gym roof had already been replaced. Now that the gym has a new roof and these repairs we are looking forward to the building being put back to good use for our Community. Clarke-Impact and Sky Boxing are thrilled to be able to host new events this coming year. Thank you so much for your help in restoring this center and we plan to make it available for our community to use.
This project was a continuation of our greenhouse project. In this project, students built tables for the greenhouse from lumber and power tools. There were two types of tables. One table was built to hold the seedling trays. The other table served as a potting table, where soil was placed and the seedling trays were filled and then placed onto the holding table. Seeds were planted and nurtured by younger students until their sprouts reached enough maturity to plant in the garden. Older students constructed four raised beds using materials on hand and purchased lumber and power tools. The seedling sprouts were then planted in the raised beds in “The Garden”. Watering took place by hand until the older students created an irrigation system that watered the plants using a timer. Lettuce has already been donated to the local senior center in town. The same idea is for the vegetables we have growing now: tomatoes, carrots, okra, cucumbers, squash, potatoes, and water melon.
A portion of a 60″ x 40″ play/exercise yard for dogs, was covered so that it can be used in all types of weather. Work was completed by a local contractor. The SNYP program served approx 300 pet owners from the community as well as 18 shelter animals to facilitate their adoption or transfer out of the shelter to a rescue organization. The SNYP programfacilitated the spay neuter of 398 animals in calendar year 2022 and has considerably raised awareness in the community of the need to spay neuter pets and strays to reduce overpopulation. Shelter staffing became a serious problem in the last year. All 4 Paws pays the salaries of two part time shelter employees. To promote their retention, we gave them a pay raise to match a county paid position for someone with the same duties an years of experience.
The audio/visual upgrade to Grove Hill Elementary School replaced a 20-year-old system. This has allowed for a more pleasant experience during assemblies, meetings, and school-related activities.