Local organizations plan improvements with help from Riverboat Foundation

Margie Thomas and Melanie Vermillion accept a check for the City of What Cheer.

            On December 6, the Washington County Riverboat Foundation gave away 33 grants to local projects in Washington and surrounding communities through its competitive grant program.

            Through this program, WCRF Board of Directors will distribute 75% of the annual donations it receives from the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort in the form of grants. The Board of Directors holds two rounds of applications each year for this grant.

            Many local organizations were lucky to get funding from this years grants, including the Washington County Library Association, Keota Community Schools, Keota Unlimited, Keokuk County Health Center, and the City of What Cheer.

            Keota Community School district was the recipient of two separate grants, one for a technology update in the amount of $8,100 and another grant for the softball and baseball program for safety netting in the amount of $5,575.

            “The school got $5,575 from the Riverboat, which was about half or the project cost that we will be spending. The Keota Athletic Boosters and the school will spend about $5,000.  We will be putting up a new softball scoreboard and safety netting at the high school,” Rod Hill, Athletic Director said about one of the two grants received at the school.

            The other grant will be for technology updates.

            “The school received a technology grant for $8100 and these funds will be used to purchase 30 more chrome books for the high school,” Jim Henrich, Keota Superintendent stated.

            A third grant in Keota went to Keota Unlimited to help with the improvements at Wilson Park. 

Please view the December 13 edition of The News-Review for the full story.