LOCK HAVEN - Local children enduring extreme hardships will have the opportunity to achieve their once-unobtainable dreams as a result of the recent work of two Lock Haven University students.
As part of their Recreation Management class, Amy Jugan, of Bethlehem, and Briana Schaefer, of Allentown, wrote a grant on behalf of Favors Forward's Partners to Promise Initiative.
Bill Kieser, of Sanders Funeral Home in Williamsport, endorsed the project with a letter of support for the grant. Jugan and Schaefer received the $750 grant award from the York Children's Foundation at Sanders Funeral Home.
From left are Bill Kieser, Pamela Wollet, Amy Jugan and Briana Schaefer. Jugan and Schaefer wrote a grant on behalf of Favors Forward’s Partners to Promise Initiative, of which Wollet is director. Kieser, of Sanders Funeral Home in Williamsport, endorsed the project with a letter of support for the grant.
"Seeing as this was the first time we have written a grant, it was a challenge for us but a great learning opportunity," Schaefer said.
The funding will make it possible for struggling children to take educational lessons, obtain a musical instrument or participate in another activity that will give them a renewed sense of hope for the future, said Pamela Wollet, Partners to Promise project director. Volunteers share their time and talents with children who are experiencing life-changing hardships, such as a death in the family, divorce or poverty.
Recreation Management Professor Leonard Long said students are often more passionate and produce a higher caliber of work when they are collaborating with a "real" agency for the class project.
Both students credited Long's Finance and Acquisition class with giving them the skills they needed for the successful grant application. Wollet's input also made the grant possible, they said.
"It's a win-win for everyone, and we are pleased to provide this service to the various nonprofit agencies in Clinton and Lycoming counties," Long said.