WOOD RIVER JCT. – Since the spring of 2000, the Community 2000 Education Foundation has grown and evolved through partnerships that continue to benefit students and staff throughout the Chariho Regional School District.
One of the organization's main initiatives is its scholarship program, which provides $39,000 annually to in-need Charlestown, Richmond, and Hopkinton residents heading to college or technical school.
Last year, 30 area new and continuing college students received the award, which is for $1,300 per year for four years. The goal, however, is to provide $2,000 per year scholarships. To do so, the organization is looking to increase its donor base.
But those scholarships are just one piece of the foundation's puzzle as they recently announced that their Chariho Community Innovative Projects (CCIP) Fund has issued $9,050 in grants for the 2010-11 academic year. CCIP is a partnership of the Community 2000 Education Foundation, the Rotary Club of Chariho, and the Rhode Island Foundation.
Since its inception at the Rhode Island Foundation in 2003, the CCIP Fund has awarded more than $70,000 to 110 projects throughout the Chariho Regional School District.
The grants continue to fund new projects and programs at the district's middle and high schools, career and technical center, and the Ashaway and Richmond elementary schools.
One of the highlights includes providing $750 for the Chariho Task Force on Substance Abuse Prevention's natural helpers program. This will go toward supporting middle school students who have been developing PowerPoint presentations to ease fears and anxiety felt by incoming fifth-grade students.
For more information, pick up this week's The Chariho Times.