A look at projects to be funded in the 2018 Big Give

(Editor’s Note: A total of 27 Boone County organizations are seeking support for their projects in the 2018 Big Give. This is the first of a two-part series that will provide a detailed look at 14 of the projects.)
Beginning Monday, Nov. 26, and continuing through Dec. 1, Boone County residents can help local organizations make improvements throughout the county. The Boone County Big Give will help these organizations raise needed funds for their projects.
New Organizations/Projects
Following is a list of organizations participating in the Big Give for the first time this year:
Blessings in a Backpack, Albion – Food for Backpack Program:
This is a new initiative for area students in need of weekend nutrition during the school year. At such a young age when children are still developing socially and cognitively, it is vital that they are not deprived of the food and nutrition that supports their overall well-being.
Boone County Ag
& Education Center –
Equipment for New Building:
The building will consist of a multi-purpose livestock exposition and show arena, and office space. This includes Boone County Extension offices, 4-H program needs, and space for other community events such as auctions, concerts, rodeos, and sporting events. Funds will go toward furnishings and equipment.
Boone County Development Agency – Boone County
Emerging Leaders Programming
Focus of this 100-member group is to attract and retain young adult leaders in the Boone County community by maximizing leadership potential through social networking, community service/engagement, and educational opportunities. Funds are needed to continue providing quality programming.
Boone County Friends
of the Trail – Trail Upgrades
During construction of the Boone County Trails System, Phase I, the committee noted suggestions provided by donors and community members for ways to enhance the trail. Funds raised will allow volunteers to move forward with some recommendations, that could include lighting, landscaping, benches and more.
Cardinal Kids Club –
After-School Club Materials
After-school clubs focus on a specific theme and meet weekly for four to six weeks. Themes include woodworking, computer-science, entrepreneurship and others. These are teacher-led and focus on keeping kids challenged and engaged, while exposing them to unique opportunities within the community.
Primrose Rural Fire District #5 – Install A/C in the Main Area
of the Fire Hall
Primrose Fire Hall is used for many community activities and is in need of air conditioning to keep the main area cool and less humid in summer months. By adding air conditioning to the main area of the hall, additional activities can be hosted in the Primrose community.
St. Michael’s School –
Playground Improvements
St. Michael’s School playground is used by many families when they visit the Albion downtown area, so it is important to keep the playground attractive to visitors. This phased project includes: planning and redesign; removal and replacement of equipment; and landscaping with wind and sun protection.
Returning Organizations
(partial list):
Albion Area Arts Council –
Programming for Children
Funding will help bring a high-quality children’s event to Boone County in 2019. These funds enhance outreach to children and parents, and help to involve children in the Big Give. Once again, the Arts Council is able to bring the popular children’s group, “The String Beans,” to Albion for their 2018 Big Give performance.
Albion Education Foundation –
Elementary Playground
The current Boone Central Elementary playground does not meet the standards for PreK and lower elementary students to play at recess. Several pieces of equipment are outdated, and the ground surface needs improved. This project is independent of the 2016 Boone Central school remodel, and is not included in the bond funding.
Albion Public Library
— Updating Stacks
The library is planning to update its stacks, or books/resource storage, in the Adult Section. The new stacks would match the Young Adult and Children’s Section. The library will also be updating the stacks in the Genealogy/Vision Section of the library.
American Legion Post #162 (Albion) – Baseball & Softball Complex Improvements
Funding is needed to renovate practice facilities, including batting cages at the Albion Sports Complex. The project also includes adding on-site storage for equipment and to update sports equipment. Additional field projects and safety projects are planned with the assistance of city funding.
American Legion Post #334
(Petersburg) – Veteran’s
Memorial Monument
The American Legion Post in Petersburg is interested in constructing a Veterans’ Memorial monument to recognize local veterans who gave so much for our country. It will be constructed between the Legion Club and Village offices in Petersburg.

Read the complete story in the Nov. 14 Albion News & Petersburg Press, Print and E-Editions.