State Farm recently announced the Top 40 causes that received the most votes in the Neighborhood Assist campaign. Each will receive a $25,000 grant to improve their community. In just ten days, 119,000 people cast 3.1 million votes in support of their favorite cause. As a result, 40 communities, in 24 states, including Ohio, will be getting an assist from State Farm.
The North Royalton Educational Foundation, on behalf of North Royalton City Schools, landed in the Top 40 and will use the $25,000 grant to purchase adaptive bicycles for teachers and therapists in the North Royalton district. These are adaptive bikes that will be used for the children in our community with disabilities. Teachers and therapists will use these adaptive bikes when working on skills to help the children. “These bicycles can be very expensive; there has been a need for several years and many requests for availability,” said North Royalton School Board Member Dr. John Kelly. “I am very proud of the effort of our entire community from start to finish to accomplish this goal.”
“I want to thank the community for their voting and support so our students and all children and families of our community can benefit from this wonderful opportunity! Thank you also to Dr. John Kelly for spearheading this grant,” said Greg Gurka, North Royalton School Superintendent.
“State Farm is here to help life go right in neighborhoods all across the country. We look forward to seeing the changes in our community because of this Neighborhood Assist grant,” said Larry Vasil, State Farm Agent in Parma.
A formal check presentation/celebration will take place on Monday, October 9, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at North Royalton High School.
At least one submission was received from each of the 50 states. The State Farm Review Committee selected the top 200 finalists from 2,000 submissions. In the six years of the program, 240 causes have received a total of $6 million to enact change in their communities.