COLUMBIA CITY — After weeks of learning about civic responsibility, volunteerism and nonprofit organizations, several students at Indian Springs Middle School had the opportunity to make a real difference in their community.
The eigth-grade class participated in a series of weekly lessons followed by a five-week final project. Based on a project-based learning model, groups of four to six students had the opportunity to select a nonprofit organization to study. They learned about the organization’s mission and discovered the work they do to carry out that mission.
They also researched how the organization is supported. Students then identified a need for their nonprofit, developed a budget and ultimately wrote a grant application to Helping Achieve New Directions through Students, a youth component of the Community Foundation of Whitley County.
Finalists presented their work to HANDS. for funding consideration and awarded grants to the projects best meeting criteria and with the most merit. In addition to the Camp STEAM Ahead award in the photo, the following grants were also awarded:
• The Impact Center, $555 made possible thanks to the work of Elizabeth Clark and Brock Williamson.
• The Humane Society of Whitley County, $220 for vaccinations made possible thanks to the work of Gus Stender, Matthew Hoskins, Peyton Pope and Noah Frinefrock.
• The Center for Whitley County Youth, $450 for a projector and an ice maker made possible thanks to the work of Karisa Randazzo, Hannah Hoffman and Taylor Ellis.
• The Humane Society of Whitley County, $880 for heartworm treatments made possible thanks to the work of Jacob Straub.
• The Whitley County Salvation Army, $500 for supplies made possible by the work of Abby Shroam, Jada Cofelt and Davin VenHolt.
• Mission 25, $906 for a dining set, made possible by the work of Davin Harman, Austin Hall, Maddox Faust, Addi Jordan, Tabitha Barcus and Lilly Lane.