Earlier this summer I applied for a grant with a local community organization. The funds I requested were to be used for HAWS annual spring break camp in which we allow local kids to attend a mini day camp here at HAWS for free. The kids are usually disadvantaged children from families that usually wouldn't be able to afford to pay a camp registration fee.
The goal with this camp is to provide a positive experience for the kids with animals, and to spark an interest in investigating a future career with animals.
Unfortunately in the middle of October I heard that we weren't chosen as recipients for this grant. Just as I was exploring options on other ways to receive funding I heard that the DECA club from Arrowhead High School had money they wanted to donate. They loved the idea of our spring break camp and committed to funding it.
DECA is an organization for students who are interested in marketing and entrepreneurship. Students learn skills needed for their future career through projects and partnerships with area businesses. They also have a commitment to giving back to the community, and because many members of the club love animals wanted to help our organization.
Non-profit organizations like HAWS rely on donations and grants to help us with many of our programs. It's very heartwarming to see a group of high school students put their time and energy into helping others.
Thanks Arrowhead DECA!