Thursday, February 07, 2002

Some Good News

Books can make a binding friendship.

        The 1,200 kids from the St. James Catholic School in White Oak jumped at the opportunity to collect books for the Fay Community Center.

        Lisa Hyde-Hill, Fay Community Center service coordinator, said she asked for 300 books. Well, she received 3,000.

        “I think the kids were excited about doing something,” said Laura Rupp, a parent at St. James.

        Mrs. Hyde-Hill was shocked. “This is a blessing,” she said. “We are separating the books now by grades and will start a library room at the Fay Community Center,” at 3691 President Drive, North Fairmount, she said. The donation is a part of the school's participation in the Catholic Schools Week “Everyone Reads” project.

        Fifth Third Bank has given half a million dollars to educational institutions.

        The grants came from the Fifth Third Foundation, Eleanor C.U. Alms Trust, Charles Moerlein Foundation, Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts, Charles E. Schell Foundation, Ohio Valley Foundation and the Charles R. Schmidlapp Fund.

        Recipients are:

        • The Children's Scholarship Fund of Greater Cincinnati, $200,000 to provide scholarships for low-income children.

        • McAuley High School, $100,000 to renovate and expand the school in College Hill.

        • ArtWorks, $75,000 to allow low- to moderate- income students to attend summer youth programs.

        • The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati, $55,000 to subsidize performances for 400 low-income children.

        “It is through the generosity of donors and supporters like Fifth Third that the Children's Theatre has been able to create an endowment to ensure future generations will be introduced to the experience of theater,” said Susie Louiso, executive director.

        • Mother of Mercy High School, $50,000 to renovate the science wing.

        • Junior Achievement, $15,000 to support economic and entrepreneurial education programs.

        • Xavier University, $10,000 to help the Development Office encourage alumni support for their capital campaign.

        • Urban Health Project, $5,000 for medical interns to work in social service and health serving low-income clients.

        Allen Howard's “Some Good News” column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, let him know at 768-8362; at; or by fax at 768-8340.


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