Published Friday, November 16, 2012
By MARIANNE THOMASSON
The youth of Coweta County hit the lottery Tuesday when the Newnan Kiwanis Club distributed funds earned at the 2012 County Fair.
The “Community Celebration” was held at Newnan Utilities Cabin and included a barbecue dinner in addition to the division of $161,000 among 32 organizations. This year’s fair was the most lucrative, with all 10 days of good weather bringing in record crowds.
Kiwanian Mike Barber, in announcing the recipients, said, “We had several new applicants this year and we do all we can. Over the past 12 years, we have put $2 million back into the community to serve our youth.”
The recipients were:
Angel’s House, a temporary shelter in Coweta County that has eight girls in it now. The money will be used to replace carpet that has been in the shelter since it opened eight years ago.
The Alzheimer’s Association, which just topped its goal of raising $40,000. A total of 70 percent of the money will stay in Georgia.
The Coweta District of the Boy Scouts of America is serving 1,500 boys this year. A new cub scout pack has been started at the Newnan Boys and Girls Club.
Boy Scout Pack 45, chartered by the Newnan Kiwanis Club, serves the Arnco-Sargent area where some of the boys cannot afford the expense of dues and uniforms, and the Kiwanis money will help with this.
The Cub Scout Pack in the Arnco-Sargent area was established five years ago and now has 45 boys. They recently lost their equipment and will use the funds to build their equipment back up.
CLICK, Certified Literate Is Coweta’s Key, funds certification programs for instructors of traditional learning, adult educational classes and financial literary classes.
Community Welcome House uses the money to keep doors open for the women and children of domestic violence in our area.
CORRAL — Coweta Organization for Riding, Rehabilitation and Learning — was started 25 years ago and last year helped 200 different young people from Coweta education classes with therapeutic horseback riding for people with physical and mental disabilities. A project for the coming year is a nature center for those with special needs.
Coweta CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates, spends the Kiwanis money on the 40 hours of training volunteers must have to aid children who need physical and mental guidance in the court system.
Coweta Community Foundation.
Coweta County 4-H Council has one of the largest network of clubs in the state, serving youths ages 9 through 19. The Kiwanis money helps with supplies for the clubs.
The Ferst Foundation tutors and mentors preschoolers with no literature in the home, where parents don’t know how to choose appropriate material. More than 1,000 kids in Coweta are getting an appropriate book in the mail each month for the first five years of his/her life. The money will be used to register even more children.
Coweta Pregnancy Services.
Coweta Samaritan Clinic provides quality health care for uninsured and under insured locals, making for healthier homes and better parents. The clinic has seen 500 patients in 2,100 office visits in the last year.
Coweta Special Olympics has no age limit and one man in his 70s retired from competition last year. The money is used to adapt equipment for special-needs participants in sports. It is a year-long program.
Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Home has five sites in Georgia with the one in Troup County serving Coweta. The homes are for kids who need a secure home through no fault of their own until they can return home.
The SAFE program was formerly the DARE program, but now it is sculpted to serve just Coweta children. Deputies in 21 elementary schools teach 12-week programs so youngsters can learn to deal with violence, stress, bullies and the internet. The deputies are paid by the county, but the Kiwanis club provides the T-shirts and certificates.
Coweta County Public Library System has only one requirement: You can come through the front door. A total of 26,000 people in the month of October alone came to the county’s four libraries, checking out 42,000 items. Half of the patrons are children and they bring their families. The money will be used for more materials to draw more and more patrons.
GYSTC, Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center, serves 15,000 pre-k through high school students and provides family science festivals.
Helping Hands Holiday Dinner.
Newnan Carnegie Library Foundation uses the Kiwanis money to help fulfill a wish list, adding big dollar ticket items for children and adults at the city reading room.
Newnan Community Theatre Company has been sponsoring summer repertoire programs for high school and college kids and has added a middle school program this year. Kiwanis helps pay for royalties and scripts.
Newnan-Coweta Boys and Girls Club has graduated 40 high school seniors in the past five years. Of those, 35 went to college or a technical school and five went into the military. Besides helping the children become academically sound and healthy, they have added philanthropy to their goals. The club has adopted Wesley Street (where it is located) to keep clean.
Newnan Bike Rodeo.
Patrons of the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts uses the money for fine arts scholarships. Also since school started this year, 18,000 children have come through the Centre for programs. Of the 100 days of school, 82 have featured school events at the Centre.
Puddle Jumpers provides venues for educators of elementary schools to meet with new mothers, providing books and parenting information. It has been in Coweta for 19 years.
Stepping Stones is the next step of information after Puddle Jumpers. Children ages 2-3, with their moms, are taught colors, counting, etc. Fathers are also involved with the classes.
Rutledge Center serves developmentally delayed adults ages 21 and up. A 79-year-old recently retired. The money will go toward a vehicle for wheelchairs and handicapped clients.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul helped 1,200 people last year with 8,000 hours of work by 21 volunteers. They support the needy who need help with bills and food.
Summit Family YMCA uses the money to sponsor underserved children for its summer camp.
Toys for Tots provides Christmas toys for Coweta children as a “message of hope” and uses the money to round out what isn’t donated.
University of West Georgia used to use the money for scholarships, but when it became enough for four scholarships, they started using the money for “other things.”