Standing in front the last fire truck that was purchased when Jim Hardesty was on the Davis Twp. Advisory Board.
Left to Right: Bob Goetz (Hamlet Fire Chief), Clayton Minx, Ed Jernas and Tom Shearin (all 3 are the Building Corp.) Robyn Latimer (Davis Twp. Trustee) Cheryl Ferch, Larry Jernas (Davis Twp Advisory Board) Sarah Origer and Donna Toth (Starke Co. Community Foundation) Becky Pflugshaupt (Davis Twp. Advisory Board)
The Starke County Community Foundation (SCCF) is pleased to announce a grant from the Hardesty Memorial Endowment Fund, a fund of the SCCF, of $25,000 in support of the new Hamlet-Davis Township Volunteer Fire Station.
Furthermore, it is the intent of the Hardesty Memorial Endowment Fund advisor to recommend a gift of $25,000 for the next seven years following this initial gift, for a total of $200,000.
The Hardesty Memorial Endowment Fund was established by James ‘Jim’ Hardesty at the Starke County Community Foundation in 2005 to support charitable endeavors in Starke County. Jim was dedicated to the Town of Hamlet and the surrounding community all of his life, and the SCCF and his family feel that he would have been pleased to support this building project.
The NICF is in the second year of a partnership with local preschools, schools and other organizations,to offer preschool scholarships for the children of Fulton, Miami and Starke Counties.
The goal of the program is to make one year of preschool education affordable to every child in our counties. Need-based scholarships are available to families of four-year-old children.
Many people underestimate the importance of preschool education. The expectations of what a child entering kindergarten should know have risen dramatically in recent years and local children who arrive for kindergarten unprepared often have difficulty catching up to their peers.
Eighty-five percent of a child’s brain growth happens by the age of five, and children who attend preschool are more likely to read at grade level, graduate from high school, and continue on to secondary education.
Rigorous studies have shown that for every dollar invested in early childhood education programs for low-income children, between $4 and $9 is returned to the community.
These financial returns come in the form of reduced special education costs, less grade repetition in schools, better job preparedness and a greater ability to meet future labor force demands, higher incomes due to higher educational attainment, fewer welfare payments, and lower criminal casualties and prison costs.
“It’s clear that investing in early childhood education leads to long-term community benefits that would be unwise to ignore,” says NICF Executive Director Jay Albright.
For more information about the scholarship program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To contribute, visit the Giving Connection to invest in the Preschool Scholarship Program for Fulton, Miami or Starke County children.