Butler County Times Gazette
  • USD 490 receives $1,500 from Health Foundation

  • El Dorado Public Schools USD 490 has been awarded a $1,500 grant through Kansas Health Foundation’s Recognition Grants program. This money will help support the district’s drug prevention programs.
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  • El Dorado Public Schools USD 490 has been awarded a $1,500 grant through Kansas Health Foundation’s Recognition Grants program. This money will help support the district’s drug prevention programs.
    “This is exciting news,” said Kurt Spivey, program director. “The grant will help us replace videos and program materials with updated products. We have several types of prevention programs in USD 490. Presently we host a Tobacco Diversion Program for any youth in the county who has been caught using tobacco. This class, offered every other month, educates youth about the dangers of tobacco. This grant will allow us to update the audiovisuals we use for that class. We also provide drug prevention classes at both middle and high school levels. DARE curriculum is taught in the elementary schools and middle school. Our main goal is to educate our youth so they can make wise choices.”
    Recognition Grants expand Kansas Health Foundation’s support to a broad range of health-related organizations throughout the state. The program is targeted for organizations and agencies proposing meaningful and charitable projects that fit within the Foundation's mission of improving the health of all Kansans.
    “Throughout the state there are outstanding organizations doing innovative and impactful work in their communities,” said Steve Coen, president and CEO of Kansas Health Foundation. “This grant program allows us to support these initiatives and recognize the dedication of the groups and individuals making them a reality.”
    This fall, Kansas Health Foundation provided nearly $900,000 to help organizations accomplish 48 different projects intended to improve the health and wellness of Kansans. Using a competitive application process, the Foundation allocates up to $2 million each year for the Recognition Grants program. Any tax-exempt, nonprofit organization using the money for charitable purposes and proposing a project meeting the Foundation’s mission is eligible.
    The Kansas Health Foundation is a private philanthropy based in Wichita, but statewide in its focus. To learn more about the Foundation, visit www.kansashealth.org.
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