On November 13, at the Harrington Casino, representatives from 34 Delaware organizations were awarded financial grants by the Mid-Del Charitable Foundation. The Foundation, developed to consolidate the charitable undertakings of The Delaware State Fair, Inc. and Harrington Raceway, Inc., supports Delaware-based organizations and charitable, educational, and scientific endeavors which address the wide range of issues, including: health and human services, the arts, agriculture, education, and the environment.
The Milford School District’s Santa’s Workshop and Bookaneers was one of the awarded organizations. Santa’s Workshop and Bookaneers are two student service projects that have been hosted by Milford High School students to present these programs to approximately 409 children in grades Pre-K and kindergarten. The purpose of the projects continues to be two-fold. First, they provide high school students with the opportunity to volunteer their time and energies to encourage elementary children to learn and to enjoy reading. This volunteerism allows the high school students to showcase their skills and projects from their English and Technology Education pathway courses for the children, adults, and community. Second, the projects give the elementary children the opportunity to learn to value reading for enjoyment and as a vehicle to advance their skill and lives. There are two major project components: voluntary reading by high school students in the classrooms of elementary children and a culminating event called “Santa’s Workshop”. The 30 high school “Bookaneers” serve as reading buddies to the elementary children.
Members of the Mid-Del Charitable Foundation are proud to award the 34 organizations with funding that will support the community, and provide more opportunities for Delaware citizens. Secretary Bill DiMondi says “We have a great opportunity to give back to the community, and to support these organizations in their endeavors to serve the greater good. In tough economic times, it is a wonderful thing to be able to help our local Delaware residents.”
For any organization interested in applying for 2014 consideration, proposals must be submitted via the official Mid-Del Charitable Foundation grant application form which is now available. For more information, please visit the Delaware State Fair’s website at www. DelawareStateFair.com and choose the Mid-Del Foundation found under the Info tab.