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GCF awards more than $3,500 locally in current grant cycle

Representatives from the nine organizations receiving Grangeville Community Foundation awards gathered at The Gallery Nov. 5.

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Representatives from the nine organizations receiving Grangeville Community Foundation awards gathered at The Gallery Nov. 5.

— “On behalf of Mrs. Stefani and Grangeville High School, I thank you for this grant award,” said GHS band president Dylan Canaday.

Canaday accepted a grant of $300 from the Grangeville Community Foundation at its 2015 grant awards ceremony Thursday, Nov. 5, at The Gallery. In all, nine grants, for a total of $3,748, were awarded.

The Grangeville Music Department grant will be used for the purchase of two electronic tablets for recording student assessments. Stefani had more than 200 students in bands and choirs at the Grangeville schools. Each student completes a proficiency exam, which is recorded and then listened to for grading.

“We were using these dinosaurs,” Canaday pulled a cassette tape recorder out of a bag, getting a laugh from the nearly 100 grant award attendees. “We had to teach students how to use them because lots of them have never seen something like this.”

The evening’s speaker was retiring GCF board members Mary Schmidt, who has served since GCF’s inception four years ago.

“When Jim and I first came to Grangeville, we were only going to stay a year. He was going to help out in his dad’s store and I was going to do some substitute teaching,” Schmidt said. “That was 33 years ago.”

Schmidt talked about how the community became important to her family and how she watched organizations come together in “wonderful ways – but also struggle to raise the funds to accomplish the things they wanted to.”

“I am passionate about the idea of being able to support people right here in our own community with funds raised right here in our own community,” she said.

Newly installed board member Kristi Soltman Brooks thanked Schmidt for her service and helped board member Jan Spencer hand out awards to the additional recipients, which include the following:

•City of Grangeville and the Grangeville Swim Team, $873.25 to help replace lane ropes at the city pool.

•Grangeville Centennial Library, $150 for Family Read Week.

•Grangeville Elementary Middle School/Kids Klub, $500 for college visitations for middle school students.

•GEMS Tangible Needs Student Fund, $250 to assist K-8th grade students in need.

•GEMS Mindfulness Project, $250 for Deanna English to facilitate a four-week teacher course.

•GEMS grades four and five, $750 for the reading program Battle of the Books.

•GEMS second and third graders, $375 for exercise balls.

•The Kids Klub, Inc., $300 for a student trip to Spokane’s Mobius Science Center.

“We cannot thank the community enough for its support,” said Brooks. “Currently, the endowment from which we draw the interest for grants has about $150,000, all raised within the past four years. That’s an amazing testament to this community, to you sitting in this room.”

GCF is a tax exempt nonprofit organization. Its funds are housed within the Idaho Community Foundation. To date, $15,000 has been awarded from GCF since its first grant cycle in 2012. The grant cycle is open May 1-Sept. 30.

To donate, send checks to GCF, P.O. Box 487, Grangeville, ID 83530, or go online to For information e-mail or contact board members John Bennett, 983-3096; Kristi Brooks, 451-6082; Mary Jahn, 983-5962; Andrea Solberg, 983-2475; or Jane Spencer, 983-2254.


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