United Way Awards COVID-19 Funding to Local Schools

PUTNAM COUNTY, IN — As part of their COVID-19 Community Relief Fund, the United Way of Putnam County has made grants available to each Putnam County school corporation to help them weather the challenges of this school year and to ensure the safety of their students and staff through the pandemic.

Since the funding was made available in August, Greencastle and North Putnam Schools are the two school corporations that have taken advantage of the grants to help improve the quality of care for their students and staff.

“We know how stressful and disruptive COVID-19 is on our community’s youth and educators. This funding is designed to help solve some of the challenges in our schools during this difficult time,” explains Chris Flegal, Executive Director of the United Way of Putnam County. “We are already seeing the fruits of this work in how each participating school corporation has decided to utilize the funding.”

North Putnam School Corporation, for example, has utilized a grant of $2,900 to support the mental health of its entire staff by purchasing books and establishing a workgroup that promotes self-care during these stressful months.

A grant of $2,500 was awarded to Greencastle Community Schools at the beginning of the semester to help purchase water bottle filling stations, hand sanitizer, and other PPE—necessary items in assuring the health and safety of students and staff.

Greencastle School’s Superintendent, Jeff Gibboney, says he appreciates the support of the United Way and that “the donation has been put to great use in supporting nearly 2,000 staff and students during the pandemic.”

The United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in Putnam County. These grants are ensuring our community’s youth and educators are able to continue learning in a safe and healthy environment. To find out more about the United Way’s impact in Putnam County, please visit www.unitedwayofputnamcounty.org.