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Tipp Foundation Grants Scatter Seeds of Promise to Broad Needs

The Distribution Committee of the Tipp City Area Community Foundations met for its first 2012 session to award grants.  These community leaders considered several grant requests that could benefit its citizens.  In the end, eight organizations were chosen to receive 15 awards totaling $17,762.60.

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Bethel Hope, $1,000, assists citizens of Bethel Township and the surrounding areas in meeting basic needs during times of critical personal downturns.

Bethel Local Schools, $776.83, supports kindergarten through 3rd grade students with the purchase of Animal Tales and Critter Chronicles.  This set of science books is made possible through the generous support of the Radle Family Fund for Science Education.

Child Care Choices, $2,000, purchases books for the Story Lady, an educator who will make more than 135 visits to childcare centers and home childcare providers in the school year.  This year’s emphasis will be “How Does it Work?” and explores the scientific process behind what happens when force meets matter in the physical world, the body and in the outdoors.

Community Minded Women, $500, continues the custom begun in 1944 of a Tippecanoe High School Senior Girls’ Traditional Tea, saluting the young women about to graduate.

Indian Hills 4-H Camp, $500, turns back the toll of time wearing away at Cabin 2, a residential building.  Restoration on the cabin will be performed by volunteers from various Miami County 4-H clubs.

Needy Baskets, $1,135.77, helps this agency meet an expanding demand.  Their services include food vouchers for the elderly, toy and shoe vouchers for children, and parcels of food for hungry families.  This grant is made possible through the support of the August Henke Fund and the William H. Kendig Fund within the Foundations.


Tipp City Exempted Village Schools grants:

$100, videoconferences a live tour of New Orleans’ National WW II Museum into the classroom of teacher Joe Bellas with a virtual field trip featuring D-Day events.

$2,000, promotes Stagecrafters Sumer Theatre Drama Camp, giving children a two-week experience working both on stage and behind the scenes of a play.

$1,000, invigorates the annual high school Wellness Week program by helping to underwrite the visit of nationally known motivational speaker Judson Laipply.  Ohio-born Laipply is known for his viral YouTube video “Evolution of Dance”, which has over 190 million hits.  Weaving the energy of dance into his presentation, he will speak on the topic of the importance of making good choices.

$210, purchases chess clocks for the high school chess team in time for the group to host the Tony Mantia Challenge, which is open to all students.

$4,000 enriches the science and social studies curriculum for 1st grade students through inquiry-based learning.  Opportunities for students to go beyond the State standards and experience live, hands-on learning arise with visits to destinations like Carrillon Park and visits from learning forums like Discovery Museum.

$1,744, sparks the imagination and curiosity of the 3rd grade students with a trip to Ohio Caverns.

$500, supports the parent-led Tippecanoe High School After Prom, which offers an alcohol- and drug-free environment for THS prom attendees.

$1,296, rich in Ohio history, the Garst Museum in Greenville educates 4th grade students on topics such as Native Americans, the Treaty of Greenville, and Annie Oakley during this field trip.

Tipp Monroe Swim Team, $1,000, underwrites the purchase of an electronic timing system, which will synch with the scoring software and a clock.  Since 1982, the coaches of the Tipp Torpedoes have developed swimmers to reach nationally recognized levels.

Since 1943, the Tipp City Area Community Foundations has awarded over $1,611,843 in grants to the community.  Members of the Distribution Committee are Jim Ranft, chair, Heather Bailey, Dave Grim, Matt Timmer and Jackie Wahl.  Other trustees include Jesse Chamberlain, Joan Creech, Anita Bowman-Hamber, Mike Lightle, Jim McKee and Marilyn Richards.

The Tipp City Area Community Foundations is a member fund of The Troy Foundation.  If you would like information about how to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Foundation, or how your organization can apply for a grant, please contact Jim Ranft at (937) 667-1270.


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