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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Jun 11, 2008

The Emmet County Community Foundation deserves a pat on the back for grants it recently made to Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District for two very deserving projects.

First, the foundation awarded a $4,000 grant for the after-school tutoring program. This is an invaluable service that can really make a huge difference in a student’s academic performance. The after-school tutoring program is one of those personal touches that tells students that their school cares and is reaching out to them.

The foundation awarded a second grant for $7,039.11 for elementary playground equipment at Demoney Elementary. Since the current playground is being displaced by construction, a new playground is necessary and help was desperately needed to replace equipment.

It’s pretty hard to argue about giving playground equipment to kids. If you get a chance to watch the children playing any amount of time at all, you realize what a great investment it really is.

Since Emmet County does not have a casino, the Emmet County Community Foundation receives most of its funding from gaming proceeds. However, the foundation is also equipped to take donations to help establish a permanent endowment fund. Donations might include planned giving from an estate or a memorial to honor a loved one who has passed on.

The foundation board of directors views applications yearly to determine what projects it will fund.

If you would like to help build a legacy for the Emmet County of tomorrow, contact Sue Nelson, Emmet County Community Foundation chair, at 712-362-5927.