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Slatington Rotary Club funds six scholarships for NL seniors, along with community grants

The Rotary Club of Slatington hosted a bingo on Sunday to raise money for six scholarships for Northern Lehigh High School seniors, along with community grants.

The club awarded a total of $13,300 in community grants to the Northern Lehigh Education Foundation, Northern Lehigh Recreation Authority, Slatington Public Library, Walnutport Playground Association, Walnutport Canal Association, Emerald Playground Association, Boy Scouts of America Troop 58, Springside Sportsman Club Inc. and Lehigh Gap Nature Center.

Eric Heiney, president elect, Rotary Club of Slatington, said the bingo partially funded it, and the rest was raised through lottery calendar sales, and a holiday basketball tournament that featured Palmerton, Lehighton, Northern Lehigh and Jim Thorpe.

Heiney said the Slatington Public Library received $2,500 to upgrade security and ease of access to the building.

He said the Wildlife Information Center (Lehigh Gap Nature Center) got $1,000 for AED and CPR/First Aid/AED Training, and to purchase External Defibrillator (AED) and carrying case and staff training.

Heiney said the Emerald Playground Association received $800 for the Community Ice Rink. The funds will be used to purchase a tarp, lumber and miscellaneous hardware.

He said the Walnutport Canal Association got $2,000 for a purchase keepsake exhibit table case (85% funding). The glass showcase will display a 1903 Anchor Hotel Ledger (built in 1834) so it can be read without touching the fragile pages.

Heiney said the Northern Lehigh Education Foundation got $1,000 for Introduction to a Career in Agriculture using Hydroponics. Northern Lehigh School District STEAM Camp campers will learn about how plants can be grown in a hydroponics system and potential career opportunities related to this growing science. Children in grades 3-6 (about 70-140 students) will learn and apply skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and math during this program.

He said the Northern Lehigh Recreation Authority received $2,500 for Northern Lehigh community programs and events. The Bulldog Blast Summer Rec Program provided children ages 6-12 with daily educational and recreational activities in June, July and August.

Heiney said the Boy Scouts of America Troop 58 got $1,500 as partial funding to purchase a 5-by-8-foot enclosed trailer. Instead of using open beds of pickup trucks, the enclosed trailer will keep their equipment from getting wet.

He said Springside Sportsman Club Inc. received $1,000 for its Second Annual Kids Fishing Contest.

The kids fishing contest was held on May 7.

Lastly, Heiney said the Walnutport Playground Association got $1,000 for a pitching warmup area for ballplayers to create a safe warm-up area away from spectators for multiple pitches to warm up before and during games.

Their current bullpen only allows one pitcher to warm up, and it’s in an open area where spectators are at risk of getting hit.