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Kootenai Electric distributes Operation Round Up funds

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Operation Round Up funds totaling $21,992 were recently distributed by Kootenai Electric Cooperative for fourth quarter 2005.

Out of 14 applicants the following 10 were selected.

Project Share received $12,000 to help individuals with their energy bills; Camp Fire USA, Camp Sweyolakan, received $2,500 for remodeling; a KEC member received $1,766 to assist with costs related to a catastrophic injury to their daughter; Parents Reaching Out To Parents was awarded $1,000 to assist families with disabled children; Rathdrum Senior Center was granted $1,000 to repair its freezer; Volunteers of America was granted $1,000 for project Safe Place in Kootenai County; Coeur d’Alene School District 271 Extended Day Kindergarten teachers received $840 for purchase of snacks; River City Middle School was given $706 to buy a 2005 SRA Reading Lab kit; Spokane Symphony got $450 to underwrite the cost of student tickets for the “Beethoven Bash” at North Idaho College; a KEC member received $730 for the purchase of a medical prosthesis.

Operation Round Up “rounds up” to the nearest dollar the amount of the monthly bill of Kootenai Electric Cooperative members and uses the cumulative roundup amount to provide funding for local individuals and groups in need.

Verizon Reads and its Help Encourage a Reader Today program recently donated $6,400 worth of new books to the libraries of three North Idaho elementary schools.

Schools receiving donations were Valley View Elementary in Bonners Ferry, Borah Elementary in Coeur d’Alene, and Potlatch Elementary in Potlatch.

Verizon employees also volunteered their time and read to students during book-award ceremonies at each school.

The Verizon program is supported by customer contributions of $1 per month through the Check Into Literacy Program available on their monthly telephone bill.

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