Local briefs | MLK service projects aided by SCF grants

January 18, 2014 

MLK service projects aided by SCF grants

BRADENTON -- State College of Florida has awarded $121,193 for 21 community projects as part of the communitywide 2014 MLK Day of Service.

SCF received funding from the Florida Legislature to provide opportunities for Manatee County community members to participate in the nationwide effort to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of community service.

Projects include:

• On Saturday, the Central Community Redevelopment Agency will revitalize Love Park, 11th Avenue West and Second Street West in Bradenton, by installing basketball goals, playground surface area, barbecue grill, trash receptacles and a new gazebo roof from 9 a.m. to noon with help from an $8,500 grant.

• On Monday, SCF President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld, State Rep. Darryl Rouson and Manatee County Schools Superintendent Rick Mills will attend a $6,617 revitalization effort at Orange Ridge-Bullock Elementary School's courtyard. Fifth-grade students who visited the MLK museum in Atlanta will attend and share experiences from their field trip. The project begins at 9 a.m. at 400 30th Ave. W., Bradenton.

• And from 12:30-1:15 p.m. Monday, Ortygia, 1418 13th St. W., Bradenton, will provide meals to elderly, disabled and special needs residents who live in and around the Village of the Arts community. The event, a partnership with Meals on Wheels, the Salvation Army, Am Vets and Elder Services, takes place from noon to 7 p.m. and was made possible by a grant of $8,424.

• Also Monday, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Education Consultants Consortium Inc. will be renovating the Kelly-Brown Center, 1701 Third Ave. E., Palmetto, to create a safe environment for youth to participate in structured activities. The project received $8,500.

• Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County Inc. will encourage parents to read with their children by distributing books to students that address Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s values of community collaboration nonviolence, volunteerism and social equality. Books will be distributed at Saturday's MLK Parade in Palmetto on Monday at the Kelly-Brown Center. The coalition received $6,528 for the project.

Treeumph!, Nolan TSA team up for fundraiser

EAST MANATEE -- TreeUmph! Adventure Course, 21805 State Road 70 E., is hosting a "Climb for a Cure" benefit with Nolan Middle School's Technology Student Association chapter from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Participants will receive 10 percent off their admission when they mention ACS or Nolan TSA. Ten percent of gate proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.

In conjunction with the event, Chili's, 6125 Exchange Way off University Parkway in Lakewood Ranch is hosting a "give back" day. Customers who dine there from 11 a.m. to close on Sunday and show a flyer will have 10 percent of their bill amount donated to the fundraiser.

For more information on either event, contact Ed Kelly at edjkelly@aol.com or 941-685-3777

-- Herald staff, wire reports

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