The L.V. Raymond Foundation recently completed its annual community grant distribution. The students of the Raymond School District were among the beneficiaries of their generosity, with $47,000 being distributed among various teachers and programs.
Each year the foundation invites grant applications from the District staff. In addition they make some awards automatically to some key programs: music ($1,000), SADD ($1,000), elementary library ($1,000) and the athletic program ($2,000).
Other specific awards included $14,000 to buy pole vault pit pads, $8,420 for a grand-stand sound system and $4,800 for new wrestling pads. Additional awards were made to teachers for items as varied as cameras, computers, math technology, literacy supplements and student recognition. The alternative school was also a beneficiary, receiving $1,500 for hands-on science kits.
Dr. Steve Holland, superintendent, expressed his appreciation for the various grants. "This community continues to amaze me with the depth of its commitment to our young people. As the state dollars grow ever tighter, its organizations like L.V. Raymond that work to make up the difference. I am exceedingly grateful for their kindness."