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Local youth groups share $106,000 grant

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EAGLE COUNTY – Six Eagle County youth groups will share more than $106,000 in grant money from the state.The grants, from the Tony Grampsas Youth Services fund, are meant to help those groups prepare local kids for school. Some grant money will go to efforts to reduce drug abuse.The Eagle River Youth Coalition worked with the other five groups on the grant request. Here’s a list of which groups are receiving money and how it will be spent: • Eagle River Youth Coalition: $11,066. The coalition’s share of the money will go to 20 local groups for training, materials and supplies.• Eagle County School District: $20,879. This money will help children prepare for kindergarten and the first year of high school. The money also will provide 10 scholarships to the district’s preschool program, and help 30 “at-risk” students in high school.• The Literacy Project: $17,379. This part of the grant will pay for tutoring to help middle school students improve grades. Tutoring will be provided for two hours a week for 30 weeks.• Meet the Wilderness: $9,429. This grant will pay for 35 to 40 Minturn Middle School and Eagle Valley Middle School students to participate in Meet the Wilderness programs. The grant will also pay to take one group of 12 kids on a six-day camping trip.• Buddy Mentors, a program of The Resource Center of Eagle County: $28,699. This program will be able to increase the number of kids it helps from 20 to 95. The mentors’ work is intended to promote healthy families and cut teen drug use, violence and crime.• Snowboard Outreach Society: $18,629 This will pay for 100 at-risk kids to participate in the Snowboard Outreach Society’s “University Program.”To learn more, call the Eagle River Youth Coalition, 926-3250.Vail, Colorado

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