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Seven community projects receive ORU funding

The Operation Round Up Board awarded $11,645 during the April meeting. The funds

were divided among seven projects:

Boone County 4-H Sheep Project was awarded $1,000 for their L.A.M.B. Project. L.A.M.B.

stands for Learning and Making Buddies. The organization works with life skills students to

foster friendships and bonds through the love animals and teaching the importance of

responsibility and teamwork. Funds will be used for products and accessories used to groom

and care for the lambs.

Jason Carr, who is an Eagle Scout, was awarded $345 for his butterfly garden project at

Lions Park. The funds will be used toward two gardens and the long term goal of benefitting

butterflies who are essential to the ecosystem.

Granville Wells Elementary was awarded $5,000 for a community playground that will be

geared toward students with special needs. The handicap accessible, inclusion-based

playground equipment will be the first in Boone County. The funds will purchase the

equipment including a double oodle swing and an omni spinner.

Elyse Heiser’s Girl Scout of America Gold Award Project was awarded $350. The project will

pay for lamp posts in Zionsville to be adorned with lamp post banners featuring local WWII

veterans.

Hoosier Heritage Quilt Guild will receive $450 for 100 fleece blankets. The blankets will be

presented to Sylvia’s Child Advocacy Center, which will distribute the blankets during their

holiday party. Each of the 30 members has pledged to complete at least two blankets for the

project and funds will be used to purchase the materials.

Senior Citizens, Inc. of Lebanon will receive the assistance of $2,500 toward a furnace

replacement. The center is a place for seniors to gather and socialize, and the funds will go

toward two furnaces nearing the end of use.

Sylvia’s Child Advocacy Center will receive $2,000 toward updates to their camera system.

The center serves children in Boone and Montgomery counties who have been victimized.

The new cameras will ensure that children do not have to repeat their answers to the

traumatic events that led them to the center.

The next deadline for Operation Round Up grants will be on June 7, 2019 at noon.

Applications and guidelines can be found online at www.bremc.com. An adjustment to the

guidelines notes that all school-based grants will be given through a school’s education

foundation.