Imagine being in grade school again. What do you remember? If you’re like most people you remember recess on the playground or when the weather was bad, games in the gym. Now imagine the playground equipment being 30 years old and not having a gym to go to when the weather is bad. That is the current situation at Central Elementary school, but there’s a way you can help.
Beginning August 14 through August 23, people have the opportunity to vote up to 10 times a day per email address on a grant that could be funded through the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program.
“It’s all online voting,” explained Courtney McLemore wellness coordinator for Logan County Health Department. “People can vote up to 10 times per day per email address. Voters must be 18 years old.”
The State Farm Neighborhood Assist program began over 10 years ago. Both last year and this year McLemore has written a grant and Kevin Craft, State Farm agent, has helped her submit it through State Farm.
“Last year we submitted a grant to provide Charter Oaks a playground. The community really rallied around it. We were number one in the nation,” McLemore stated. “Central doesn’t have a gym, so their physical activity is all outside. Their playground is old. The newest piece of equipment was purchased over 30 years ago.”
Two thousand grants were submitted to State Farm. Of those 200 were chosen to compete. Online voting begins August 14. If the Central grant is one of the top 40, they will receive $25,000 for a new playground. People can go to Craft’s website, www.statefarm.com and vote. There are also several social media links featuring the vote.
“Just vote. It’s free money for the school district to get a new playground for Central,” urged McLemore.