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Grant Recipients

We awarded a grant of $5,000 to this extraordinary program. Deep offers free, after school creative writing workshops designed by trained staff and taught by a team of skilled volunteers. Deep is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization supporting literacy education in Savannah, Georgia.

The StoryBoard Program – their flagship workshop series for middle school students – currently enrolls nearly 200 students in Savannah and Chatham County. Over the course of 12 weeks, their StoryBoard students work in a collaborative setting as they develop their writing skills and discover their voices. The result is an anthology of student work: edited, illustrated, printed and bound.
For fall of 2011, we are working with students at:

• The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Coastal Empire—Frank Callen Unit
• Jacob G. Smith Elementary School
• Charles Ellis Montessori School
• Isle of Hope Elementary and Middle Grades Program
• Coastal Middle School
• Bartlett Middle School
• Southwest Middle School
• Hubert Middle School Risers’ Academy for Young Men
• Oglethorpe Charter School
• Mercer Middle School
• DeRenne Middle School
• West Chatham Middle School
• Scott Alternative Learning Center
• Islands High School

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We are proud to announce that Horsin' Around has been chosen to receive a $5,000 for their Therapeutic Riding Program.

Horsin' Around was established in 2000 that provides horseback riding activities and in some cases combined physical and speech therapy to special needs children and adults. The Horsin’ Around family consists of persons with a wide variety of special needs and medical conditions ranging from cerebral palsy, spinal bifida, muscular dystrophy, traumatic brain injuries and developmental disabilities such as autism, ADHD, and more. There is always a waiting list as the needs are great for this kind of therapy.

They have recently started to work with at-risk youth by allowing these children to ride and teaching them all about horses! For details, visit their website at www.horsinaround.org

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AWOL (All Walks Of Life)has been chosen to receive a $10,000 grant to be used for their many programs. They received a grant last year because of their commitment to the at-risk children in the Savannah area. We feel that AWOL is doing all the right things and we thank God we are able to help! We also provided the use of our van to transport kids to their different programs. For more information, please visit their website at www.awolinc.org

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The West Broad Street Young Men’s Christian Association was awarded a grant of $10,000 to be used for their many programs which are addressing the needs of at-risk kids in our city. The WBYMCA was awarded a grant last year and our money was used for the “Loop It Up” art program and the Community Garden. During the Christmas season, we donate toys to their “Miracle On May Street” event. This event allows low-income families to bring their children to pick out the toy the kids really want! We praise God for allowing us to help!

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America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia was awarded a grant of $5,000. They will be using these funds to continue the “Kid’s Café”, which feeds over 2,000 children from thirty different locations. This program also encourages participation in Savannah’s local after-school programs, which are safe environments for kids to learn and thrive in. America’s Second Harvest also offers programs that are designed to help people get food when all other options have been exhausted. Our national economic situation has put an extra burden on America’s Second Harvest because the need is greater. For additional info, check out their website at www.feedingamerica.org

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