Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation recently awarded $42,688 to 12 local charities through its Operation Round Up program. The local charitable organizations receiving funds are:
• St. Vincent de Paul Society Christ Redeemer Conference — grant will assist at risk families in Dawson County.
• Act Together Ministries — grant will purchase items needed for Foster children during the winter months.
• North Fulton Community Charities — funds will purchase meat, hygiene products and other items needed that are not covered by SNAP.
• Sawnee Ballet Theatre — the grant will purchase costumes needed for the spring productions.
• Mill Springs Academy — the grant will be used to purchase a tutoring program that will be used by the entire student body.
• Senior Services North Fulton — funds will help homebound seniors with emergency assistance.
• Reaping Nature Educational Outreach Foundation Inc. — funds will be used to purchase reusable bags that will be given out at two (2) elementary schools for the Read Across America Day.
• Sawnee Woman’s Club — funds will be used to purchase age-appropriate books for grades K-5th for Read Across America Day.
• Champion Community Foundation Inc. — the grant will help purchase the lighting for the new facility for disabled young adults.
• Hall-Dawson CASA Program Inc. — this grant will be used to recruit new CASA’s primarily in Dawson County.
• Fill Ministries, Inc. dba Meals by Grace — this grant will be used to purchase containers that will keep food at a safe temperature while being delivered into the community.
The foundation board also awarded several donations to local schools in classroom grants. They are:
• Cumming Elementary — Cumming Elementary teachers won three grants. The projects are: PreK-5th Grade Team Building & Fitness, Physical Education – Heart Health and Fitness Tracking and Adaptive Playground Shade for Special Education Students.
• Little Mill Middle School — Cameras for Digital Photography Class at LMMS.
• DeSana Middle School — Bolder Broadcasts: Take Our Videography to the Next Level.
• Blacks’s Mill and Kilough Elementary — funds will be used to purchase 3-tier baskets to be used in the lunchrooms to hold fresh fruits and vegetables for students.