annual grants

BG community groups are awarded annual grants

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   With the help of local grants, middle school girls will get a chance to dissect sharks, a team of hockey players will no longer look like misfits on the ice, and volunteers with Habitat won’t have to worry about falling off roofs. More than $43,000 was awarded Wednesday by the Bowling Green Community Foundation. “Man, that was a lot,” Kristin Otley, a member of the foundation board, said after all the grants were handed out. “We support such wonderful, diverse programs,” Otley said. The local grants are also assisted by the Toledo Community Foundation. “We read your proposals and they were just amazing,” she told the grant recipients. The BG Community Foundation holds a golf outing at Stone Ridge in the summer to raise funds for the annual grants. Following is a list of the programs granted funding for this year: BG American Association of University Women was given $1,020 to fund Tech Trek 2018. The one-week residential science, technology, engineering and math program for eighth grade girls from Bowling Green Middle School allows the girls to spend the week at BGSU. John Roberts Zibbel described how the students get to learn through hands-on projects such as dissecting sharks and coding. Bowling Green Middle School was awarded $2,000 for the One School, One Voice Program. The funding will help with the expense of bringing author Gordon Korman to the middle school, and to help purchase one of his books for every student. “We want to get students excited about reading,” the middle school librarian said. BG Parks and Recreation Department was granted $3,000 for materials for Phase 2 of the Bowling Green Community Center mosaic windows. The second phase will work on mosaic pieces for the other side of the center’s lobby. The goal is to engage the public in a community arts project, which Phase 1 has done, said Ivan Kovacevic, of the parks and rec department. “It inspired community participation from all over the place,” he said. Bowling Green Youth Baseball at Carter Park was awarded $1,920 to help purchase 24 practice Tanner Tees for the Tee Ball, Rookie and Pee Wee League teams. Tim Dunn, president of the program, said as many as 400 youngsters play ball at the park. The park is staffed by volunteers, so “it’s a huge asset” when the program gets grant funding, Dunn said….