On Thursday, Jan. 31, Wellington Community Foundation board members Tom Wenham, Mickey Smith, Maria Becker and James Seder visited three local middle schools to deliver checks as part of the foundation’s annual “Our Schools” grant program.
Checks totaling more than $5,000 were presented to Principal Dr. Eugina Smith Feaman of Emerald Cove Middle School, Principal Michael Aronson of Polo Park Middle School and Principal Blake Bennett of Wellington Landings Middle School.
Each of the schools invited to participate in the grant program complete and submit an application that includes the needs at their school for underserved Wellington students. The WCF board reviews all applications and looks for information that will directly impact those students who attend each school that either have been or will face a hardship during the current school year. These hardships may be as simple as needing school supplies or as extreme as attending school while being homeless.
This year, all three Wellington-area middle schools submitted grant applications and were approved to receive funds to cover expenses such as laptop computers and pay for a teacher to provide computer lab access before or after school for students who do not have computer or internet access at home so they can utilize academic programs. Approximately 100 students over the course of the school year will access the computer labs, as well as much-needed arts and craft supplies.
The Wellington Community Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit charitable organization committed to benefiting the seniors, children and veterans in Wellington by supporting and improving their quality of life.
On Saturday, Jan. 12, players of all ages were introduced to their “buddy” on the fields at Village Park in Wellington for what turned out to be a fantastic baseball showcase put together by the League of Yes, a nonprofit organization that provides those with special needs a chance to play baseball in a judgment-free zone. The event was staged in cooperation with the Village of Wellington.
The Wellington Community Foundation stepped up to the plate when event organizer Kris Riedell reached out to the foundation in search of uniform donations. The foundation’s board of directors voted to sponsor uniforms for all 20 players and 30 of their “buddy” partners.
The Wellington Community Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization committed to “Building a Stronger Community” by helping Wellington’s children, seniors and veterans by supporting and improving their quality of life. For more information on how you can become involved, visit www.wellingtoncommunityfoundation.org or call (561) 333-9843.