Daviess County, Indiana−Daviess County Community Foundation has awarded a $22,500 grant to the Washington Carnegie Library to support the continuation of the facility’s out-of-school STEM program. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math. There is no charge for students to participate in the program which serves children in grades K through 12. The $22,500 grant from the Community Foundation’s collection of unrestricted funds will provide operational support for the program through March 2020.
The need to increase education in STEM has been targeted by Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc. (ROI) as a way to support economic and community prosperity in the 11 counties of Southwest Central Indiana. Through an initial $25,870,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., ROI implements education and workforce initiatives and strategies for quality of place development.
Last year, the Foundation, in partnership with ROI, awarded a strategic grant of $25,000 to the Library for the development of the out-of-school STEM learning program. The program, which aligns with Afterschool STEM Standards, currently has a waiting list for the program which served 150 students during the first 3 months of operation.
The funds making the award possible are Black Beauty Daviess County Community Fund; Boyd Grain Farms/Tom and Marsha Boyd Fund; the Callahan Family Fund; Cherry Tree Plaza Community Fund; Senator Homer and Irma Capehart Fund; Daviess County Memorial Fund; the Joan Daily Elliott Fund; The Dudenhoeffer Family Fund; Edward Jones and Co. Achievement Fund; First Federal Savings Bank of Washington Fund; Friends of Daviess County Fund; German American Bancorp Community Fund; the Jim and Kathy Havill Family Fund; Home Building Savings Bank FSB Unrestricted Fund; Jones and Sons Concrete Fund; Midwest Natural Gas Corporation Unrestricted Fund; Jay E. Myers Unrestricted Fund; Dr. Horace and Mary Norton Family Fund; Old National Fund for Daviess County; Perdue Farms Inc. Unrestricted Fund; Singleton Family Fund; Swartzentruber Family Fund; and the Joe and Gladys Traylor Fund.