WHAS Crusade for Children helps students with special needs throughout Kentucky, including Graves County

The Graves County Schools special education department is partnering with the WHAS Crusade for Children, based in Louisville, to raise awareness and monetary donations to help students with special needs directly. In the 2016-17 school year, Graves County special education applied for a Crusade for Children grant and was awarded $10,000 toward an itemized wish list submitted for specific equipment and materials to directly assist students with disabilities in the district. 

In order to qualify as a recipient of this grant, the school district must prove partnership and awareness of the WHAS grant to the local community as well as to contribute a financial donation. In the 2016-17 school year, the Graves County Schools collaborated with the local River Valley Ag Credit Association to conduct a silent auction that raised nearly $1,700 to contribute. 

This school year, the plan is to partner with the local financial institution CFSB to host a golf scramble Friday, June 15, with all proceeds dedicated to support the Crusade for Children.  A donation jar also will be available at each school in the Graves County School District to collect additional contributions. All 100 percent of donations will support students with disabilities and contributions are tax deductible. All checks should be made payable to the WHAS Crusade for Children. 

Some information about the WHAS Crusade for Children is noted here, as well as through the link to the website: http://whascrusade.org
The WHAS Crusade for Children
• All 100 percent of each donation to the WHAS Crusade for Children helps children with special needs.
• The Crusade has changed the lives of millions of children in Kentucky and Indiana since 1954.
• Right now funding is available for only one in three children who need the Crusade.

WHAS-TV established the WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc., in 1954. It raises money for agencies, schools and hospitals to improve the lives of special needs children. In its first 64 years, the Crusade has raised more than $175 million. Thanks to generous contributions of goods and services, the Crusade is able to return 100 percent of all donations to organizations that serve special needs children in all 120 Kentucky counties and more than 50 southern Indiana counties. Fire departments raise more than 50 percent of the money each year by staging roadblocks and other events

An independent board of interdenominational ministers known as the Crusade Advisory Panel decides how to distribute donations each year.

Representatives from agencies, schools and hospitals apply for grants and present to the panel during grant hearings each spring. Once the hearings are complete, the advisory panel determines which agencies receive Crusade donations.

Since agency grant requests far exceed donations to the Crusade each year, the panel has difficult decisions to make.

The annual Crusade Internet/radio/telethon is held each year on the first full weekend in June and is aired on WHAS-AM 840, WHAS-TV 11.1, and worldwide on WHAS11.com. Portions of the broadcast also can be seen and heard on a Kentucky statewide network.

The Crusade has helped millions of children since 1954.

The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Gifts are tax-deductible, as permitted by law. The Crusade is the most successful and oldest local telethon in America.

Graves County Central Elementary School student Audrie Lee uses the Explorer 7 device with the assistance of a large screen monitor during her math class at to make materials easier to complete independently.  

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