Starke United Fund Supports Kindergarten Countdown and Other Projects
Knox, Ind. — The Starke United Fund’s signature program, Kindergarten Countdown, is expanding to all three Starke County school corporations. The expansion is possible due to the support of Indiana Association of United Ways, our local Starke United Fund, and other generous donors and funds, including the Hardesty Memorial Endowment Fund.
Kindergarten Countdown is coordinated by Peggy Shidaker, the Director of Curriculum/Instruction at the Knox Community School Corporation, Venita Cunningham, teacher at North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation, and William Bennett, Oregon-Davis Elementary School Principal. Initially, the program was only offered in Knox, but last year, North Judson-San Pierre was able to host the program. This year, Oregon-Davis will join them.
The Starke United Fund is proud to support the Kindergarten Countdown Program. Through this program, they hope provide an opportunity for young children who did not receive a preschool education to obtain a pre-kindergarten experience. Since the program was initiated, the results have been astounding.
During their time at Kindergarten Countdown, the children acquire knowledge and skills that help to set them on a track for success as they enter kindergarten. They also learn school routines and become comfortable in the school setting. The children are additionally given books to help build their home libraries and promote reading time with the parents and their children.
The Knox program is taking place in June, the North Judson-San Pierre program will run in July, and the Oregon-Davis program will take place toward the end of summer. For information about how to register your child, contact your local elementary school office.
In addition to the Kindergarten Countdown Program, the Starke United Fund awarded the following grants: Junior Achievement for Knox Middle School, $650; Kid’s Closet Ministry, Pack-a-Backpack Event, $2,500; Psi Iota Xi Sorority, Young Artist Conference, $1,000; Salvation Army, Emergency Assistance Program, $500; The Starke County Youth Club, afterschool programs, $3,000; Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Knox, general support, $500; and Starke County WIC, childhood obesity/breastfeeding education, $350.
Starke United Fund grants are made possible through a partnership with Starke United and the Starke County Community Foundation (SCCF), a relationship that began in 2012. This partnership provides an efficient way for Starke United to assist charitable agencies, and allows donors who support Starke United to continue making a positive impact. The Starke United Fund Grant Committee is made up of the former Starke United board members.
For more information, contact the Northern Indiana Community Foundation toll free at 877-432-6423, or Sarah Origer at the Starke County Community Foundation at 574-772-3665.
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The Starke United Fund is a partnership with the Northern Indiana Community Foundation that provides an efficient way to assist Starke County’s charitable agencies.
Donations to the Starke United Fund stay in Starke County and benefit non-profit agencies that support Starke County residents.
Non-profit social service agencies need thousands of dollars to provide the essential programs that support the quality of life for everyone in Starke County. The Starke United Fund carries on the tradition of collaborative fundraising.
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