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Local organizations receive community grants for literacy, at-risk youth programs

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Local organizations receive community grants for literacy, at-risk youth programs


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Photo obtained via https://www.facebook.com/DecaturMakers/ The Decatur Makers organization is one of several that received grant funding this year.

Last month, the Decatur Rotary Club presented checks to this year’s Community Project Grants recipients.

Each recipient focuses on either literacy or at-risk youth that are based in DeKalb County and serve DeKalb County residents, according to a Decatur newsletter.

The 2018 recipients are:


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  • Friends of Refugees – $2,000. This grant will be used to purchase books for a literacy program that assists refugee families with children by providing them with one book a month for eight months. According to the newsletter, it will pay for eight books each for 50 families.
  • Clarkston Community Center – $1,500. The CCG’s grant will purchase design software for art and entrepreneurship programs focused on teaching refugee children how to make furniture from recycled materials, some of which will be donated to newly arrived refugee families.
  • Global Village Project – $1,000. The Global Village Project is a school for newly arrived refugee girls 11 to 18 years old.
  • DeKalb Library Foundation – $2,500. The library will use the money to buy materials for Mobile Makerspace Kits for use in DeKalb Public Library STEAM programs for children 8-15 years old. The money will pay for a total of 5-6 kits.
  • REAP – $2,000. REAP, a summer reading camp for 40 economically disadvantaged Decatur students in grades 1 through 5, will use the funds to pay for the camp and to train 15 Decatur teachers in reading instruction. The amount will pay for four students for a two-week camp experience.
  • Gentle Spirit Church – $1,000. The church will purchase supplies for 290 personal hygiene kits to be distributed to homeless persons.
  • Boys & Girls Club – $1,500. The money will support a book club at Decatur Boys and Girls Club that will involve 75 children.
  • Shalom International Ministry – $2,500. The money will go toward creating a self-directed learning center for 26 refugee and immigrant children from the Clarkston area.
  • Decatur Housing Authority – $2,000. DHA’s grant will fund the STAR academic summer camp for 70 children, grades 3 through 8, from Decatur Housing Authority residences.
  • Our House – $1,000. This grant will purchase supplies and instructional materials for a six-week early childhood education program focused on preparing homeless children for kindergarten.
  • Decatur Makers Club – $1,000. Decatur Makers will use the money to expand the Girl Makers Club, which provides STEM-related education to middle-school girls. The funds will also allow for expansion of club to students living in DHA residences and the Clarkston area.

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