Grant qualification goal met, now $50,000 grant possible
By Tracy McNew
The Kootenai Valley Christian School not only met but exceeded their goal of raising $30,000 by May 31 to qualify for a playground equipment grant.
At an assembly last week, Tiffany Nixon who has been leading playground fundraising efforts for almost two years was crying with joy when she announced the receipt of a $15,000 donation. It wasn’t just Nixon that was crying. “It was teachers and students that were crying too. We were all so happy and thankful,” Nixon said.
The large donation was received from the grandparent of a KVCS student, said school Administrator, Ruthann Dolezal.
Numerous other donations have also been received in varying amounts, Nixon told The Montanian during a phone call on June 1. Libby Sports and the Rotary Club of Kootenai Valley both donated $1,000 and so many others have donated too.
As of Friday, June 1 KVCS had $40,560 in their playground fund, Nixon said.
“It’s awesome to see all of the support we’re getting. I’m overwhelmed to say the least. It’s better than I could have hoped for,” she said.
The news gets better too. Not only does KVCS now qualify for the playground grant, they have exceeded their fundraising goal, and every dollar donated could still count double.
Nixon spoke with the company offering the grant last week and she found out the $30,000 was needed to qualify, but that the grant will match up to $50,000. That means that the school could potentially get $100,000 worth of new playground equipment this summer.
The grant is not definite, but the money raised is and $40,000 is much better than they had two weeks ago so Nixon is very positive.
Whether the grant is received or not, a new playground will be built in August, and it will be open to for public use outside of school hours, said Dolezal, so it will benefit the whole community near KVCS.
The school anticipates finding out if they are awarded the grant in mid-June. An interview was held on Thursday, May 31, Nixon said, and it went well. The school has also sent in photos and videos of the site in lieu of a site visit by the company since Libby is such a rural location.
Now we just have to wait and see, Nixon said. “I think we have a really good shot.”