Source: The KY Standard
The WHAS Crusade for Children recently awarded 218 grants totaling $5,690,000 for the 2019-2020 year, and among the local recipients are public schools, medical facilities and a non-profit court advocacy group.
One of the largest grants awarded this year was to the Hardin Memorial Health Foundation for $95,000. The funds will be used for pediatric therapy services at the new Bardstown Medical Plaza on John Rowan Boulevard, and include an interactive metronome used to improve cognitive and motor skills in children.
“This is a significant investment that has had a major impact on the quality of life for countless Central Kentucky children,” said HMHF Chairman Joe Prather in a press release thanking WHAS Crusade for its ongoing support. The Crusade has granted more than $920,000 to the foundation since 2002.
Also part of the $95,000 grant is the plans to purchase equipment to improve pediatric fluid replenishment and other items for infants and children at the HMH emergency department.
While the Crusade is supporting pediatric therapy efforts at the medical plaza, Bardstown City Schools will also again benefit from the Crusade. The district was awarded $25,000 this year for its Department of Exceptional Child Education.
“We are very grateful to receive funds from the WHAS Crusade for Children,” said Lance Boston, the department’s director. “Through their continued support, we are able to serve the needs of our exceptional student population in ways that go above and beyond what is found in most public schools across the nation.”
The district has received grants from the Crusade in the past, which has allowed for the creation of three multi-sensory stimulation therapy rooms. Called Snoezelen Rooms, the areas are designed to help students with special needs such as those with autism or behavioral problems.
With this year’s grant, BCS plans add a Snoezelen Room at the Bardstown Early Childhood Education Center as well as renovate the first room at the Bardstown Primary School. The rooms will feature items such as a fiber-optic comb, bubble tubes and multi-sensory panel, according to the release.
The district plans to have the rooms done by the fall.
Also awarded were:
• Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation Inc., for $35,000
• Nelson County Schools, for $13,000
• NelCASA Inc., for $7,500.
Boston said the grants would not be possible without support for the Crusade, and noted the community’s efforts in fundraising for the cause each year.
The WHAS Crusade for Children endowment was created in 2002, with 100 percent of the funds raised during the Crusade’s annual telethon collections going to agencies that support children with special needs. The 66th collection event took place on June 1 and 2.
For a full list of the 2019-2020 grant recipients and additional information about the Crusade, visit whascrusade.org.