The McPherson County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the following grant awards, administered by the McPherson County Community Foundation.
$2,400 – Kansas Thespian Conference registration for Smoky Valley Troupe 3858
To be used for Smoky Valley students to attend the Kansas Thespian Conference in January 2022. This grant is made possible by the Kansas Health Foundation Children’s Fund.
Proposal summary – Smoky Valley Theater, Troupe 3858 would like to attend the Kansas Thespian Conference in Wichita KS Jan. 7 & 8, 2022. This is a fantastic opportunity for our High School students who are members of the International Thespian Society to attend workshops, network with other schools, watch other school performances and audition for theater scholarships. The registration for this conference is $160 per student. This can cause attendance to be cost prohibitive for some students as they are expected to pay the fee. We are submitting this grant to cover the cost of 15 students to register from Smoky Valley. This event not only helps create engagement amongst the students but helps continue the strong arts community within McPherson County.
$10,000 – Steps to End Poverty of McPherson County
To be used for weekly children’s programming. This grant is made possible by the Kansas Health Foundation Children’s Fund.
Proposal Summary – The leading reason people are in poverty is because they were born into it. STEPMC needs your help to break the cycle of poverty for local kids who were born into poverty – something they can’t do anything about. We are seeking to transform STEPMC’s weekly childcare into a robust youth development program that provides crucial learning and engagement at a foundational stage of development for children living in poverty. Through weekly programming, we hope to provide children with opportunities that they would not otherwise have to grow, learn, develop healthy social and emotional skills, and, ultimately, break the cycle of poverty. We are walking alongside parents as they overcome poverty – now, we want to ensure that we are also walking alongside our kids so that they have the skills to stay out of poverty when they grow up.