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2016 SURF Grants
The Davie Community Foundation SURF Board awarded $12,212 in Grants for youth led projects to benefit the youth and children in Davie County.
SURF defines philanthropy with 3 T’s; giving Time, Talent and Treasure to make the community better.
“I am super proud of all of their hard work to raise the money, and their discernment as they heard grant requests, and made their decisions. I can’t wait to see the results from the completed projects.” said SURF Advisor Tami Daniel.
The following awards were made for 2016:
Laura Cain – Davie High Hunger Fighters – Award Amount $1,549
Laura’s project is Stockings for Schools which will provide 200 stockings filled with school supplies to the low income students at the high school and the three middle schools. This is the fourth year of this successful project. Laura hopes to expand this project into the elementary schools in the future.
Claire Devereaux – Davie High National Honor Society – Award Amount $800
Claire’s project is to put the Davie High Recycling Program back into place for the EC Students at the high school, so they can have their daily job back that was lost due to budget cuts. She will be purchasing bins for all of the buildings as well as creating signs and providing instruction for student and faculty on their part of making the program successful.
Clayton Foster – Bethlehen UMC Youth Group – Award Amount $3,000
Clayton’s project is for a Bike Safety Day at the church for the children that live in a nearby mobile home park. They plan to give bike, helmets,and prepare a safety course for training for the children. They also want to introduce the children and their parents to local firefighters and law enforcement to introduce them as their friends and people they can count on. (The group originally requested $4,000, but SURF feels they can accomplish their goals with less.)
Molly Hartness – Davie Hair Drive – Award Amount $700
Molly is organizing a county wide hair drive to gather ponytails to make wigs for cancer patients through Pantene Beautiful Lengths. Participation in this event has a direct impact on the girls of Davie County who serve others by donating their hair, as well as raising awareness for the cause.
Ashton Mann – Smart Start of Davie County – Award Amount $1,000
Ashton and Anna Jones requested money to purchase a computer for Smart Start’s Early Resource Center. The computer will be used by Ashton and Anna to implement “Resource Mate,” a program to bar code and label all of the educational kits and materials that are available for local preschool families to check out. This will make the system much for efficient and user friendly. Ashton and Anna are volunteering their time this summer to set the program up, and educate the families on how to use it.
Julia Vaughan-Jones – Davie High National Honor Society – Award Amount $2,045
Julia’s project is Summer Bags for the Homeless. This is the second year for this project. They plan to provide 125 bags filled with toiletry items and age appropriate activities to entertain the homeless students over the summer. They also want to provide connections with free programs that are available to the students during the summer.
The STEM Juniors are a group of eleventh grade STEM students at Davie County High School. They plan to purchase six gymnastics mats for Mocksville Elementary. The addition of new gymnastics mats to the Mocksville Elementary gymnasium will encourage students to maintain healthy lifestyles, while continuing the progress made by the Healthy, Fit and Strong program already implemented at the school.
Callie Wisecarver – Girl Scout Troop 2147 – Award Amount $944
Callie and her Girl Scout Troop are creating Personal Care Bags for the abused children at the Dragonfly House. The bags will contain a comfort toy, toiletries, school supplies, snacks, some basic clothing items, etc.
The following 2015 Grant recipients updated the community on their completed projects:
2015 SURF Grants
Bike Safety Project – Garrett Penley and Boy Scout Troop 575 were awarded $1,000 to host a Bike Safety Day at Rich Park in April. The first twenty-five students to sign up will receive a coupon for a free bike helmet. The day will include instruction on the proper use and care of your bicycle, as well as how to mountain bike.
DHS Science Preparedness – Katelyn Sammons, Grace Cain and the Science Olympiad Team at Davie High were awarded $985 to pay for the fee to compete on the State level, and to host a Science Camp for middle school students this summer.
Hopping for Hope – Austin Lowery and Elaina Burr were awarded $585 to create Easter Baskets for the children at the Dragonfly House. These baskets will provide comfort, joy, and hope to children who have not experienced much joy or hope in their lives.
Summer Bags for Homeless – Allison Staley and the DHS National Honor Society were awarded $1,500 to create Summer Bags for the Homeless Students in Davie County. There are currently 105 students classified as homeless. The brightly colored bags will contain hygiene products and well as some toys and activities to entertain these students during the summer.
Davie Hair Drive – Molly Hartness, Grace Nixon, and the DHS Junior Civitans were awarded $300 for the 2015 Hair Drive to be held at Davie High on May 12th. The hair drive will collect eight inches or more of hair from participants to create wigs for cancer patients.
Stockings for School – Grace Cain and the Davie Hunger Fighters were awarded $1,560 to create stockings filled with school supplies for Middle School and High School Students in Davie County. This is the third year that this project has been funded, and local Guidance Counselors say that it makes a huge difference for these students.
2014 SURF Grants
Davie High STEM Ambassadors – Birthdays in a Box – $960: Funds will be used to purchase all of the supplies needed to hold a child’s birthday party. Supplies will be assembled in a decorated box and delivered to A Storehouse for Jesus for distribution to 50 needy families with children who have upcoming birthdays. Birthday boxes will include cake mix, icing, Kool-Aid mix, cups, plates, napkins, utensils, balloons, birthday banner, bubbles, and party favors.
Davie High Hunger Fighters – Stockings for School – $1,650: Funds will provide school supplies in Christmas stockings to students at Davie High, Ellis Middle, North Davie Middle, and South Davie Middle Schools. The stockings are intended to replenish school supplies for needy students for the second semester. Stockings will be distributed through the Hunger Fighters and Bookbags for Hope programs in the middle and high schools. Project organizers plan to pack 178 stockings for distribution in December 2014.
2013 SURF Grants
Davie County 4-H – Clover Club – $500: Funds will purchase of puppet show supplies for the club to provide entertaining and educational puppet shows for pre-school and elementary students.
Davie County 4-H – Wardrobe Warriors – $1,000: Funds will purchase stylish teen clothes that will be donated to A Storehouse for Jesus to be distributed specifically to teens in need in the community. This project aims to help teens in need gain confidence and fit in with their peers.
Davie High Hunger Fighters – Stockings for School – $500: Funds will purchase school supplies to be distributed through the Hunger Fighters program. This new program aims to help replenish school supplies for Davie High students in need mid-way through the year.
Davie High Odyssey of the Mind – $2,000: Funds went to the Davie High team’s registration fees for the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals competition, which the team advanced to after winning at the state level. In May at Michigan State University, the DHS team finished 7th in the world competition!
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Members of the DHS team apply their creative skills to solve a problem, build several structures, then incorporate said structures into a short skit that tells a meaningful story.
Below is a clip from their skit:
2012 Grants reports:
Davie High Hunger Fighters – $4,000
Provided daily meals for 32 Davie High students for the summer. Food was packaged by the students and confidentially delivered by volunteer teachers.
Davie County Young Filmmakers – $1,300
Purchased and iMac for editing purposes.
Farmington School (now Community Center) Documentary
Commercial for A Full Measure
SURF Board’s Popsicle 5K in February
Click here to see grant awards from previous years.