Anna Webb: No wedding presents for them — this couple gives to charity instead

awebb@idahostatesman.comNovember 5, 2013 

The Idaho State Department of Education is making $1.5 million in grants available to afterschool enrichment programs for kids across the state. The local workshop to learn more is Nov. 20 in Boise. See details below.


Joanne Taylor from the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage gave us a heads-up about a local couple who celebrated their wedding by supporting local charities dear to their hearts.

Karen Kolb-Schoeningh is a longtime supporter of the Girl Scouts, so in August, when she married Cliff Schoeningh, she asked that her wedding guests make a donation to the Girl Scouts instead of buying wedding gifts for the couple.

Guests gave more than $1,200 — all of which will support local programs.

On a philanthropic mission of his own, Cliff, an avid skier, asked that guests donate to the George Roach scholarship, which helps students in need of financial help learn to learn to ski at Anthony Lakes in Oregon.

Karen said that she and Cliff were combining two households through their marriage. They have more than enough to live comfortably.

“It just didn’t feel right to receive gifts when we are so fortunate,” Karen said.


Boise High School sophomore Erin Rasmussen recently told the Idaho Statesman about an inspiring grassroots project. She and a group of friends are the founders of Little Lowell Libraries. They’ve partnered with refugee students at Lowell Elementary to write children’s books. The goal: improving the younger kids’ reading and writing skills.

The students met throughout the spring to write, illustrate and edit their stories. Their plan is to publish five children’s books.

As if that weren't enough, the group plans to found three neighborhood libraries in apartment complexes where large numbers of refugee families live.

The students are asking for donations of new or gently used children’s books. If you can help, or would like to know more about the project, call 342-0074.


Good news for Boise Bicycle Project — so many volunteers have been helping the organization that provides bikes and bike education for people in need in the local community that they’re expanding their volunteer program.

Volunteer nights now take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The organization is also starting a series of volunteer training classes on Tuesday nights (during volunteer night).

Questions? Contact Clint at BBP is at 1027 S. Lusk St. in Boise, 429-6520.


The State Department of Education will award $1.5 million in grants to pay for the programs across the state for the 2014-15 school year.

The funding is available through the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, which is designed to provide academic enrichment opportunities, art, music, recreation, sports, drug and violence prevention and youth development activities to students during nonschool hours. The State Department of Education currently funds 93 after-school centers throughout Idaho.

School districts, municipalities, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations and private corporations are eligible for these grants. Successful applicants will receive funding for up to five years.

Those considering applying for funding should plan to attend a bidder’s workshop.

The workshop in the Boise area is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Dennis Technical Education Center, 8201 W. Victory Road. All workshops are free.

Click here to register for the workshops or to download the grant application (which you should do before attending the Nov. 20 workshop).

Grant applications are due Jan. 31, 2014. If you need more information, contact Camille McCashland, program specialist, at 332-6960.

Anna Webb: 377-6431

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