Hartsville Kiwanis distributes grants

Pictured here: (left to right) Kiwanian Craig Weber, Jerome Reyes and Barbara Chappell from Butler Academy, and Kiwanians Nancy McGee and Jonathan Lee. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Pictured here: (left front, seated) Tracy Redfearn with Child & Family Resource, (standing) Kiwanians Craig Weber and Darrell Cassidy and children of the Child & Family Resource Center. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Pictured here: (center of pic) Susie Bloodworth with Cypress Adventures, Kiwanian Craig Weber, Aimee Cox-King with Cypress Adventures and Kiwanian Darrell Cassidy pose with youth from Cypress Adventures during the check presentation. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The Hartsville Kiwanis Club has awarded grants to five local organizations in 2023 so far and is still processing several other grant requests it has received. Jerome Reyes and Barbara Chappell, from Butler Academy, received $550 to purchase science classroom equipment. This money will go towards equipping Butler Academy’s middle school with a dedicated science classroom. Kiwanians Jonathan Lee, Nancy McGee, and Craig Weber presented the check to Dr. Reyes, President of Butler Academy and Ms. Chappell, VP of Development for Butler Academy. 

Shannon Flowers, Business Engagement Coordinator for Darlington County School District, received a $1,000 grant from Hartsville Kiwanis for the Key to Career internship program. This money will go towards transportation costs for 11th and 12th grade students who participate in the internship program and have

trouble with transportation to and from their internships. Kiwanians Nancy McGee, Murphy Monk, Jonathan Lee, & Craig Weber presented the check to Ms. Flowers.

Tracy Redfearn, 

Founder of Child and Family Resource Center, was awarded a $2,500 grant for their All Seasons Healing Heart Camp. The money will go towards this specialized day-camp for children and families. Through therapeutic activities that include art, horseback riding, gardening, music, movement and breathing, and classes on grief and emotional support, families are able to push past their pain. Kiwanians Craig Weber & Darrell Cassidy, presented the check to Ms. Redfearn and children at Child & Family Resource Center.

Aimee Cox-King, Founder of Cypress Adventures, was awarded a $1,500 grant for their Youth Leadership Program. The money will go towards the Leadership 101 course, which utilizes peer mentoring and outdoor group activities. It provides the social and emotional foundation for students to develop healthy relationships with themselves and others, reach academic goals, and grow into healthy, productive adults. Kiwanians Brooke Humphries, Darrell Cassidy, & Craig Weber presented the check to Aimee Cox-King, Susie Bloodworth, and youth at Cypress Adventures.

Teachers Briel White, Timesha Clements, and Daja Anderson, from Lamar-Spaulding Elementary, were awarded $324 for purchase of headphones for students using iPads during class. The money will go directly to purchase headphones so that individual students can focus on their work.

The money for grants from Hartsville Kiwanis Club is raised through the Club’s annual BBQ Chicken plate fundraiser that happens in May each year. Kiwanis will begin BBQ Chicken plate tickets this month. The mission of the Hartsville Kiwanis Club is to support children and education in the Hartsville community. Do you know a teacher or program in Hartsville that you think should apply for a Hartsville Kiwanis Grant? Have them email khartsvillegrantprogram@gmail.com and ask for the grant application link.

Author: Stephan Drew

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