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August 30, 2013

Senior's project nabs $24K grant

CCCF awards six grants totaling $90K

Not many high school seniors can say they have written a grant. Payton Young, however, decided he was going to tackle grant writing for his senior project.

Young, a senior at Lewis Cass Junior-Senior High School, decided to apply for a Cass County Community Foundation grant to build a new greenhouse at his school and found out his project was awarded $24,000.

“I had no idea what we were going to get,” Young said. “I thought I was going to die when they announced the amount.”

The new greenhouse will connect to the existing greenhouse at the school. Young said he received help from Mike Appleton and his father, Don Young, associate principal at Lewis Cass.

Young’s mother, Sally, was extremely happy for her son.

“It’s very exciting,” Sally said. “To have initiative to write a grant is great.”

The money will be used to build a new greenhouse to provide educational experience and produce to give to local food pantries. The greenhouse will be started as soon as possible, Young said.

Another organization also scored a grant for the school corporation. The Lewis Cass Band Boosters received $15,000 for a new equipment building.

With the passing of Mike Clark, The Lewis Cass High School band director, in September 2012, the grant was even more special because he spearheaded it, Robin Asher said.

Band members are currently storing their equipment in various places, including homes, and the grant money will go toward building the Marching King Annex. The annex will allow the band to practice indoors, have a place to store their equipment and help preserve their legacy, Asher said.

They will break ground as soon as possible, Kim Robertson said.

“It was his idea to get it going,” Robertson said. “I was compelled to get involved.”

Trudie Hedrick, superintendent of the school corporation, said she was excited the district had received $39,000 worth of grant money for projects.

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