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March 10, 2014

TRAIL students accepting grant applications

— The only youth philanthropic organization in the county is seeking grant applications to disburse funds aiming to improve education and promote students.

TRAIL, or Together Renewing and Improving Limestone, is comprised of 20 students from the city and county school system. The Dekko Foundation-financed philanthropy is led by three teacher sponsors known as navigators and has the stated mission of volunteering “their time, talents and treasure to benefit the youth of Limestone County via community service and grants.”

The group offers an open grant cycle to community members and other service organizations using its Dekko endowment.

The TRAIL board of directors announced last week that grant money is still available for this year.

Members meet once a month, visit schools and assist with community activities, including those sponsored by Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful and Spirit of Athens.

With the participation of every local K-2 class, TRAIL also raised $1,037 through Nickels for Knowledge for the new Athens-Limestone Public Library.

For more information about applying for a grant, email or visit the group’s Facebook page, “T.R.A.I.L. (Together Renewing And Improving Limestone).”

Dekko grant

Dr. Tom Sisk, superintendent of Limestone County Schools, recently announced Dekko is considering the school system for an $874,000 education grant.

“Dekko has been very generous to our county,” Sisk said.

He said Limestone is among four finalists for funding to allow county fifth-graders to participate a year earlier than scheduled in the Digital Passport Initiative.

DPI is a technology program being implemented in grade-by-grade phases by the school system to provide laptops to students.

Blue Springs Elementary School is piloting the initiative this year, and third and fourth grades countywide will be phased in during the upcoming school year.


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