Category Archives: Grant Application

Grant Money Issued

During our weekly meeting on October 25th our club issued three grant requests of $500 each in support of Harper Creek Schools.

The first two grants were for the 5th and 6th grade Middle School Student Special Support Departments. These departments assist students when they become overwhelmed, angry and upset, which often times is related to a traumatic event in their life or issues struggling to maintain their composure in the classroom. The funds from these two grants will be used to help furnish calming environmental space with stress relieving activities and materials in the designated departmental rooms. Plans also include the purchase of a small refrigerator and funds for healthy perishable food items.

Pictured below (L-R) are HC 5th Grade Middle School Student Support Specialist/Counselor Amanda Schultz, 6th Grade Specialist Kalyn Critchlow and Club President Rich Peternel. 2018-10-OptimistSpecialistCounselor

The third grant issued was to the Wattles Park Elementary School in support of their “Harvest Fest”. This is a one-time community event organized by a select leadership group of Wattles Park parents of students. The objective is to have as many school parents and their students join together for an evening to socialize with fun, food and games in hopes of gaining a better educational collective environment for the local school community.

Club President Rich Peternel is pictured below with Wattles Park Elementary School Principal Brent Swan and Harvest Fest organizer Tracy Monroe.  2018-10-OptimistWattlesPark

Harper Creek Spanish Department Grant

Harper Creek Middle School Spanish teacher Jessica Swisher-Zimmerman presented a report to our club during our regular meeting on October 18 relative to the grant our club had issued to the Spanish Department for $570. The funds financially help support a trip 50 7th grade students took to Chicago the previous day. The students took a Latin dance class, toured the Day of the Dead exhibit, completed an art project with a visiting Mexican artist at the Mexican Museum of Fine Arts, ate an authentic lunch and visited an authentic bakery and marketplace.  She is pictured below accepting her grant check from Club President Richard Peternel.2018-18-OptimistGrant