MASSENA — The Massena Public Library has benefited from a grant written by a student at JW Leary High School.
Reese Faucher wrote the grant application for the Northern New York Community Foundation’s Community Spirit Youth Giving Challenge, which provided $500 to the library.
“They got this grant because of this student’s presentation,” Massena Councilman Thomas C. Miller told city council members.
Mr. Miller is the town liaison with the Massena Public Library Board.
In total, the NNY Community Foundation announced $10,000 in Community Spirit Youth Giving Challenge grants to 20 nonprofits serving St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Lewis counties.
Other St. Lawrence County organizations that received $500 grants include the Society of the United Helpers, Ogdensburg, written by Scarlett Ritchie of Morristown Central School; Canton Free Library, written by Natasha Rossiter of Canton Central School; Potsdam Humane Society, written by Grace Schenker’s class at Canton Central School; and Massena Meals on Wheels, written by Luke Bogart of Massena Central School.
Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, Potsdam, written by Kyla Donahue of Massena Central School, also received $500; Morristown Gateway Museum, written by Sawyer Belile of Morristown Central School; Police Activities League of Massena, written by Serenidy Rust of Massena Central School; St. Lawrence Health Foundation, Potsdam, written by Taya Coller of Edwards-Knox Central School; and Governor Breast Cancer Fund, written by Isabel Paro of Edwards-Knox Central School.
Now in its fifth year, the Community Spirit Youth Giving Challenge is open to all middle school students in all three counties. This year’s program committee reviewed 193 applications from seventh and eighth graders who recommended grants to 93 different organizations that serve residents of the three counties.
The initiative was launched in 2017 to introduce middle school students to the concepts of philanthropy and community needs. The challenge aims to engage young people as they explore the meaning of community and are empowered to recommend grants to strengthen the quality of life in the area.
Students each write an essay on their definition of community and what makes a great place to live, work and play. Participants choose a charity that makes their community a better place through its services to residents.
Miller said the Massena Public Library also received a $3,000 grant that will allow library manager Elaine A. Dunne to receive training so she can teach more than 60 seniors. how to use the Internet and computer programs.
“That $3,000 is for tablets and Elaine’s training, and she’s going to be able to bring those people to the library and provide them with that training, whether it’s Microsoft Word or logging in, how to do online shopping, simple things like that,” he said. “So that was good news. They got some new grants and they’re moving forward.