Published on May 25, 2022 at 2:45 p.m.
The Rotary Club of Slatington held bingo on Sunday to raise money for six scholarships for seniors at Northern Lehigh High School, as well as community grants.
The club has 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 the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.
Eric Heiney, president-elect of the Rotary Club of Slatington, said bingo partially funded it and the rest was raised through sales of lottery calendars and a holiday basketball tournament featuring Palmerton, Lehighton, Northern Lehigh and Jim Thorpe.
Heiney said the Slatington Public Library received $2,500 to improve security and ease of access to the building.
He said the Wildlife Information Center (Lehigh Gap Nature Center) received $1,000 for AED and CPR/First Aid/AED training, and to purchase an external defibrillator (AED), a briefcase transportation and staff training.
Heiney said the Emerald Playground Association received $800 for the community rink. The funds will be used to purchase a tarp, wood and miscellaneous equipment.
He said the Walnutport Canal Association secured $2,000 to purchase a souvenir display table case (85% funded). The glass display case will display a 1903 Anchor hotel register (built in 1834) so it can be read without touching the fragile pages.
Heiney said the Northern Lehigh Education Foundation received $1,000 for an introduction to a career in agriculture using hydroponics. Northern Lehigh School District STEAM camp campers will learn how plants can be grown in a hydroponic system and the potential career opportunities related to this growing science. Children in grades 3-6 (approximately 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 offers children ages 6-12 daily educational and recreational activities in June, July and August.
Heiney said Boy Scouts of America Troop 58 received $1,500 in partial funding to purchase a 5-foot-by-8-foot enclosed trailer. Instead of using open platforms of pickup trucks, the enclosed trailer will prevent their gear from getting wet.
He said the Springside Sportsman Club Inc. received $1,000 for its second annual fishing contest for kids.
The children’s fishing competition took place on May 7th.
Finally, Heiney said the Walnutport Playground Association secured $1,000 for a warm-up area for ballplayers to create a safe warm-up area away from spectators for multiple courts 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 being hit.