PEABODY — Peabody's annual Pancake Day, held at the senior center on Feb. 4, was made even sweeter by the presentation of 10 grants from the Peabody Community Foundation to various nonprofit organizations.
In addition to the grants that were given out (totaling $10,864), $4,000 was raised for the Peabody Community Foundation.
The Peabody Senior Citizen's Center received the largest grant, with $3,619 dedicated to the installation of an ADA-compliant automatic front door.
"We want a handicapped door," said Pat Henderson, Peabody Senior Citizen's Center treasurer. "The handicapped people with walkers and canes can't get in and out."
When a woman who relies on a walker told Henderson she had trouble getting in and out of the door, Henderson asked the board to apply for a grant.
"I don't know why we didn't think of it years ago," Henderson said. "It is a needed thing."
PCF had previously given the senior center grants to cover the costs of electrical work and new tires for the van with which meals are delivered to seniors.
"They've been real good to us. We've applied several times for different things," Henderson said.
While the grant will not cover the entire cost of an automatic door, the senior center hopes to raise the additional money needed through fundraisers or by using memorial donations.
With the assistance of Peabody United Methodist Church, the Boy Scout troop in Peabody received $1,000 to offset the cost of uniforms.
"Most of the boys can't afford uniforms," said Scout leader Carol Smith.
The funds will also be used for scholarships to send Scouts to Cornhusker Scout Ranch in Du Bois, Nebraska, for camp this summer.
The Peabody Township Library received $900 to upgrade and add seating in the Ann Potter Room on the lower level of the library.
"We are purchasing 48 new padded folding chairs and a folding chair dolly to store them," said Peabody Township Library Director Rodger Charles. "We will use the balance to convert our current chair cart into a cart which can be used for our plastic folding tables."
Having received PCF grants in 2016 for ADA compliance and the addition of an elevator, the meeting room has seen more people in attendance at events, which has increased the demand for seating.
"In the past, the library has had to take all of the wooden library chairs downstairs for large events, then haul them all back upstairs. We have also had to borrow chairs in order to accommodate large crowds," Charles said. "It is a project that is long overdue, and we couldn't have accomplished it without the assistance of the Peabody Community Foundation."
Peabody schools were the recipient of PCF grants totaling $4,145.
Peabody-Burns Elementary received $2,000 toward replacing old equipment on its playgrounds, making the preschool area handicap accessible and adding a climbing structure.
With a $645 grant, the Warrior Recycling Program will become a formal school activity to encourage resource conservation and recycling.
Three $500 grants were awarded to the Middle School Rewards Program for a weekly 30-minute break with snacks for students who perform well academically and socially, to purchase T-shirts for participants in the annual Safe Kids Camp where children learn about safety from local fire department and police personnel and to the Student Assistance Fund.
The City of Peabody received $700 to purchase chairs and lounges for the City Pool.
A $500 grant was awarded to the Circle of Marion County’s Families and Communities Together which will use the funds to continue to raise awareness of poverty in the Peabody community.
PCF, a 501(c)(3) charity, is an affiliate of the Central Kansas Community Foundation. For more information, visit https://centralkansascf.org.