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Adair firemen play key role in effort to get special needs bus

Adair County should know by August 2011 whether 43443 request for grant from Crusade for Children for $62,000 to purchase a new bus for special needs children in the Adair County School District.
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By Alan Reed

Each year representatives from schools and various agencies appear, in person, before the Crusade Advisory Panel to answer questions about their grant requests. Earlier in the week, Anita Goode, Director of Special Education, made the trip to Louisville, KY, to explain the request from Adair County Schools for $62,000 to purchase a new wheel chair accessible special needs bus.

Brandon Lewis, Crusade Chairman for Columbia-Adair County, has been following the progress on the grant very closely and met with Goode on Thursday.

"Each and every year the citizens of Adair County open their pocketbooks and the Crusade is always good to take care of us", Lewis said.

"We work all year long to raise money, way before the big roadblock and televised event in June. One example is the Crusade Golf Scramble, coming up at the Pines the first of May." Another big fundraiser is the Columbia/Adair County Fire Department's big pancake breakfast in late fall."

Good expressed appreciation for the work Adair County's fire departments, The Columiba/Adair County Fire Department, The Breeding Area Volunteer Fire Department, and the Knifley Area Fire Department do to raise money for the Crusade for Children. "Without them, none of this would be possible", she said.

Since agency grant requests far exceed donations to the Crusade each year, the Crusade panel has difficult decisions to make, but Adair County has always fared well. Once the hearings are complete, the advisory panel determines which agencies receive Crusade donations. Goode says the school district should receive a response from the Crusade Advisory Panel in August, 2011.

This story was posted on 2011-04-02 04:23:16
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A look at Special Needs bus hinging on Crusade grant

2011-04-02 - Photo by Alan Reed, Adair Co. School District.
Anita Goode and Brandon Lewis look over specifications for the new special needs bus. Acquisition of the badly needed vehicle hinges on the success of an application to the Crusade of Children for a grant to purchase it. Adair County School officials should know in August of 2011 whether the grant will be made. The Crusade for Children does return to Adair County, dollar for dollar, all contributions made from Adair County.

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Jason Rector, Knifley fireman, shares information on bus

2011-04-02 - 1204 Greensburg ST, Columbia, KY - Photo by Alan Reed, Adair Co., School District.
Jason Rector, left, representing the Knifley Fire Department, shares information about a new special needs bus for the Adair County school system with Anita Goode, center and Brandon Lewis.

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