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SIFE team wins grants

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Bart Foster, Lionel and Jalon Blake, Berry Walton, and Patrick Simmons work on setting a post along the reading trail at Friendship Elementary School

The SIFE/Enactus team on the Gainesville campus recently was awarded several Project Partnership Grants.

They received the Sam’s Club Step Up for Small Business grant of $1,500. The SIFE/Enactus team members will be working with J&J Foods, a local family-owned grocery store, on a customer service/market analysis project. This is the fourth year our SIFE team has been awarded this grant.

The team also received the Walmart Women’s Empowerment Project Partner grant for $2,000 and will be working with two non-profit organizations, one in Gainesville and one in Athens, who focus on women exiting prison. SIFE/Enactus members will be teaching financial literacy and sewing skills to the women served by these organizations. This is the second year GSC SIFE/Enactus has received this grant.

Finally, GSC SIFE/Enactus has received a $400 grant from Campbell Soup Company for the "Let’s Can Hunger" campaign. SIFE/Enactus members on both the Gainesville and Oconee campuses are working to relieve both immediate hunger through canned food drives as well as long term hunger relief through financial literacy and success skill programs.

 GSC SIFE/Enactus Team members Robin Blake, Terri Zeigler, Bart Foster, and Sandra Torres, along with Friendship Elementary School Principal Berry Walton and family members Ron and Patrick Simmons and Lionel and Jalon Blake and SIFE/Enactus Advisor Katie Simmons, spent Make A Difference Day (Saturday, October 27, 2012) completing a reading trail at Friendship Elementary School in Buford.

Last Spring, SIFE team members built a nature trail at the school using money from the Lowe’s Community Foundation SIFE Project Partner Grant. The nature trail was turned into a Reading Trail by the installation of ten lecterns built and installed along the trail. Teachers at the school will be able to take books out to the trail and have the students read as they walk along the trail.

SIFE/Enactus members are also planning to work with the afterschool program to have the children read a story and then present it on the outdoor stage located at the end of the trail. The club extends a big thank you to Lowe’s on Shallowford Road for all its help in getting the materials ready for this project.

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