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04/24/2017

The Federated Rural Electric Trust, Jackson, recognized local organizations receiving $27,499 through Operation Round Up. These donations occur due to monthly contributions by participating Federated members. 33 organizations received money in this 45th round of funding:

JCC Middle School, Lakefield $75 Elliptical trainer for Read 180 classroom, as active students
do better academically
Granada Huntley East Chain (GHEC) $200 For Reading Is Fundamental program providing a book
Honor Society for each K-5th grade student
Sanford, Jackson $200 Food model kit for nutrition education events & patients
Welcome Summer Festival $225 Rent inflatable for kids’ bouncy area
Prairie Arts Continuum, Windom $250 Toward equipment for making Mary Poppins fly in show
Martin County Historical Society, Fairmont $250 Mannequin to display Fairmont Martins baseball uniform
Alpha Fire Department $500 Buy 20 reflective vests for visibility at accident scenes
GHEC Accelerated Reading program $500 For K-5 End of Quarter Reading Reward activity
Windom Area Schools $500 Toward “Shattered Dreams” drunk driving/crash educational program
Martin County 4-H $500 Toward new digital timer/display for horse arena at fairgrounds
JCC Anatomy/Physiology class, Jackson $500 Toward bus cost for students visiting SDSU cadaver lab
MCW Summer Ball Program $500 Toward safety gear for catchers, umpire & batting helmets
True Friends (Friendship Ventures), Annandale $500 Scholarships for Jackson or Martin County disabled to attend camp
JCC Middle School, Lakefield $550 National speaker for Husky Pride on positive behavior
Heritage Acres, Fairmont $600 Hire blacksmith for education at July 4th & Harvest Festivals
GHEC School, Granada $600 A Buddy Bench on playground for when need a recess friend
MCW Community Ed, home visits $635 Books & brochures for Welcome Baby Baskets
Jackson County 4-H Federation $650 Supplies for Project Day at HL-O to show new project areas
Minnesota West, Jackson $700 Scholarship for Jackson or Martin County lineman student
Windom Ambulance Service $767 Buy binder lift device to safely move & lift patients
GHEC Second grade classroom $800 2 iPads for reading, math & STEAM
Truman Public Elementary & Preschool $800 Rock wall section for phy ed class & SMART program
Southern MN Greenwings, Sherburn $800 Toward educational entertainment & scholarships for event
Trimont Ambulance $810 Update two new pagers to receive fire/ambulance calls
Fort Belmont/JCT, Inc., Jackson $840 Materials to build six new picnic tables & benches
Jackson Fire & Ambulance Department $849 Buy bariatric binder lift to safely move & lift patients
JCC Middle School, Lakefield $850 Summer reading books to prevent achievement slide
MCW Prairie Fire Children’s Theater $850 For touring costs for local youth summer performance
Jackson County Library $900 Toward Zooman summer-reading program at three towns
Sherburn Fire and Ambulance $998 Buy 2 electronic stethoscopes for two ambulances
Family Services Network, Jackson Co. $1,000 Toward school supplies for 300 kids in need for Fall 2018
Family Services Network, Jackson Co. $1,000 Coat drive: coats, snowpants & boots for 300 families in need
MCW Elementary, Trimont $1,500 Buy 60 pair of rollerskates for phy ed to avoid rental fees
9 $700 high school scholarships $6,300 For Federated members’ high school senior graduates
Total $27,499
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Page 2 — Operation Round Up Recipients


The Trust Board received 38 applications totaling $41,094 in this 45th round of funding. The Trust Board will meet again in the fall to determine the next round of funding. The deadline for submitting applications is September 29, 2017.
About 80 percent of Federated Rural Electric members participate in Operation Round Up. They allow their electric bills to be rounded up to the nearest dollar. For example, a bill of $55.75 is rounded up to $56. The extra cents go to a special trust fund, which is administered by an independent trust board that consists of seven Federated members. Since the first round of funding in 1995, more than $544,000 has been awarded to local organizations and as high school scholarships.
"Operation Round Up is a way for members to help members," said Cyndi Jensen, Federated's Trust Board Chairman. "Just a few cents a month, when added with other members' cents, can really add up and do some good in our communities. On the average, a member's Round Up contributions amount to approximately $6 a year, which is tax-deductible."
The Trust Board's policy outlines project categories eligible for funding:
• community service (emphasis on public safety, health care and enhancement of cultural environment),
• community leadership programs,
• education and youth projects (social problems and wellness/athletics),
• environmental projects (recycling, environmental education and environmental ag research),
• emergency energy assistance funds to organizations for distribution and
• disaster relief.
Interested organizations may go to www.federatedrea.coop to download the application form and information, e-mail info@federatedrea.coop for an application or call 507-847-3520; ask for Andrea.
Federated is a Touchstone Energy cooperative serving 6,700 members in Jackson and Martin Counties.


ROD HALVORSEN
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