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Montessori students continue grants

Special Photo. Students from the Montessori School of Covington recently gave grants with the help of the Newton Fund to the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter, Willing Helpers Medical Clinic and the Humane Society of Newton County. Pictured are students, from left, (back row) John Bradley Sauer, Sarah Allen, Taylor Bechtler, Tai Paulsen, Mariam Goreish, (front row) Carly Travis, Claire Vinson and Jackson White. They are pictured with teacher Sara Vinson, Newton Fund chair Barbara Morgan and grant recipients Clara Lett, Ed Jenkins and Betty Bellairs.

Special Photo. Students from the Montessori School of Covington recently gave grants with the help of the Newton Fund to the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter, Willing Helpers Medical Clinic and the Humane Society of Newton County. Pictured are students, from left, (back row) John Bradley Sauer, Sarah Allen, Taylor Bechtler, Tai Paulsen, Mariam Goreish, (front row) Carly Travis, Claire Vinson and Jackson White. They are pictured with teacher Sara Vinson, Newton Fund chair Barbara Morgan and grant recipients Clara Lett, Ed Jenkins and Betty Bellairs.

COVINGTON -- Several Newton County organizations will continue to provide important services to the community, thanks to some help from the Montessori School of Covington.

This week, the middle school students at the school continued the tradition of providing grants to nonprofit organizations. For the third year, students presented grants to the organizations.

This year, they awarded $1,100 to three organizations during a special ceremony.

"This project is so important," said teacher Sara Vinson, adding that a mission of the school is to be a part of the community.

"We get to go into the community and learn about issues and problems and learn about the organizations that look at these issues."

Earlier this year, students chose three organizations and broke into groups to study them after meeting with The Community Foundation's philanthropic adviser Barrett Krise. They visited each organization and asked the directors about their funding sources and how they would spend any extra money.

After their research, students ranked each group and eventually decided to give grants to each one.

"We met some very passionate people," Vinson said. "The directors have dedicated their lives to these issues."

This year, grants were awarded to the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter, Willing Helpers Medical Clinic and the Humane Society of Newton County.

Money was raised through a Scholastic Book Fair with a matching donation from the Newton Fund. Each year, the Newton Fund partners with The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta to give grants to local nonprofits. Throughout the year, the fund also provides information to individuals and groups on local nonprofits and allows them to establish their own funds benefiting organizations of their choice.

Staff Reporter Crystal Tatum contributed to this article.