Glade Park School, AP fund up for grants

Two organizations that benefit local students are in the running for $250,000 grants from the Pepsi Refresh Project.

Each of the more than 300 projects vying for two $250,000 grants in December have all month to gather votes online or through text messages. After an unsuccessful bid in November’s grant contest, Glade Park Community School placed high enough, No. 56, to try again for a quarter-million dollars in December. Karyn Bechtel, president of On the Park, a nonprofit organization supporting the school, said she hopes people who voted last month will continue to vote this month, and she encourages others to join them.

“This is our best chance, and we’re going to give it everything we can, and then it’s time to move on, but hopefully move on with $250,000 in our pocket,” Bechtel said.

Glade Park School would use the grant money to construct a new school to replace the two-room modular currently used to house 21 elementary students.

New to the grant contest this month is the Colorado Legacy Foundation, which is struggling to gather funding for Advanced Placement class expansion and improvements at seven Colorado high schools, including Fruita Monument High School and Grand Junction High School. If it wins, Colorado Legacy Foundation Director Samantha Long said the foundation plans to split its grant dollars between teacher incentive pay, Advanced Placement exam fees for students, and training and support for teachers and students preparing for exams.

“We hope we can really increase awareness about what Grand Junction, Fruita Monument and other schools are doing,” Long said. “We need everyone and anyone to vote for the entire month of December.”

To vote, go to Refresh and search projects, or type the name of one into the site’s search engine and click on “Vote for this idea.” To text a vote, text 104883 for Legacy Schools or 104069 for Glade Park to 73774.


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