Fort Scott Pioneer Kiwanis, a service organization helping the children of Bourbon County, has started a project in memory of a longtime member.
The Joyce True Memorial Project for children began following the passing of True in July 2019, according to a press release sent by Gayle Sackett and Kelley Collins, spokespeople for the group.
Collins is secretary for the organization, Sackett is a board member.
“The club began looking for a suitable project to honor her that would benefit children of the community. The Friendship Swing seemed to meet the criteria.”
“The multi-user, one size fits all swing offers a unique opportunity for area children and families to engage in healthy outdoor play together and help youth to develop and a variety of physical and social skills,” according to the press release.
Funding for the project was multi-faceted.
“To supplement the memorial, the club decided to contribute money that had been raised previously for playground equipment. They applied for and received a grant from the Kiwanis Kansas District Foundation. Lastly, they partnered with the City of Fort Scott and jointly applied for a Fort Scott Area Community Foundation Grant.”
That FSACF grant, awarding of a generous $2,000, allowed the project to be on track for a completion date in spring 2021.
The project is truly a community collaboration.
The group will also need hands-on volunteer involvement when the installation begins.
The swing will be located in an agreed-upon location in a Fort Scott park.
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