J. Floyd Dixon Fund awards grants to local recipientsFree Access

The J. Floyd Dixon Memorial Fund provided grants this year to 19 recipient organizations. Representatives of most of those recipient organizations as well as some of the members of the local volunteer J. Floyd Dixon Memorial Fund Board gathered for a group photo recently at Jackson Middle School to mark the completion of another successful funding cycle. Since 1996, the Dixon Fund has made grants to Jackson County entities totaling more than $895,000. Pictured in the front row (from the left) are Kay Hayes and Mechel Green of Jackson-Vinton Community Action and J. Floyd Dixon Memorial Fund Board Chair Bonny Huffman. In the second row (from the left) are Cathy Lord of the Jackson High School Drama Club, Whitney Crabtree of Oak Hill High School/Middle School, Danielle Dulaney of the Wellston High School Culture and Enrichment Program, Tara Richards of Jackson Middle School, J. Floyd Dixon Board member Jenny Williams and Shaun Gentry of the Jackson High School Art Program. In the third row (from the left) are Kim Frame of the Stargazey Equine Therapy Program, Megan Wiseman of the Jackson County Health Department and Jackson County Family and Children First Council, Kendra Maness of Elizabeth’s Hope Women’s Center, J. Floyd Dixon Board member Phil Karl, Wellston High School FFA members Marica Daniels and Brooklyn Frisby, and George Davis of JAFE. In the back row (from the left) are Sarah Ephlin of Buckeye Community Services, Roger Donaldson of the Jackson City Library, Justin Oyer of Warriors 4 Christ Recovery Ministries, J. Floyd Dixon Board member Greg Ervin, Courtney McManus of the Jackson Middle School Drama Club, and Ashley Daniels and Brenda Waulk of the Wellston High School FFA. (Telegram Photo by Pete Wilson)

The J. Floyd Dixon Memorial Fund of The Columbus Foundation has awarded grants totaling $56,000 to 19 nonprofit and local governmental organizations serving Jackson County.

Ms. Bonny Huffman of Wellston, who chairs the Dixon Fund’s advisory committee, stated that the committee had received a record number of applications seeking funds far in excess of the fund’s available resources. “This made the application review process particularly challenging,” she said.

The successful applicants are as follows:

Buckeye Community Services Incorporated – $3,500 to support the building of a new cabin at Poplar Row Greenhouse.

Elizabeth’s Hope Pregnancy Resources – $2,000 to support educational materials for parents of newborns.

Jackson Area Festivals & Events – $3,500 to provide equipment for the food giveaway program.

Jackson City Library – $1,500 to support the purchase of 10 playaway launchpad children’s tablets.

Jackson City Schools – $2,500 to purchase a spotlight for the school auditorium.

Jackson City Schools – $1,000 to purchase supplies for the drama portion of the 8th-grade English Language Arts class.

Jackson City Schools – $1,500 to supply costumes, supplies, scripts, and materials for the middle school drama program.

Jackson City Schools – $3,000 to support  the development and operation of student community service and other middle school clubs.

Jackson City Schools – $1,000 to support the participation of the solo and ensemble students in the high school Choir who could not otherwise afford to participate in out-of-county events.

Jackson City Schools – $1,800 to purchase resin cartridges used in 3-D printers for the collaborative art program.

Jackson County Health Department – $4,000 to support the transportation of needy families to medical appointments.

Jackson-Vinton Community Action – $5,000 to provide assistance for uninsured healthcare services for needy residents.

Make Wellston Beautiful, Inc. – $1,500 for materials to support the Wellston High School Art Club’s project to create community art.

Oak Hill Union Local School District – $1,000 to support positive behavior programming for children in kindergarten through fifth grade; and $1,000 to support the expansion of Oak Hill school library resources.

Oak Hill Union Local School District – $1,000 to support the expansion of the Oak Hill School Library resources.

Stargazey’s Equine Therapy – $5,000 to support the purchase of computer equipment for education programs.

Warriors 4 Christ Recovery Ministries – $3,200 to support the purchase of screen-printing equipment for vocational training.

Wellston City Schools – $9,000 to support student field trips for curriculum enrichment, cultural awareness, and exposure to future opportunities.

Wellston City Schools – $5,000 to support Wellston High School’s participation in Future Farmers of America’s (FFA) programs, CDE competitions, training, and dues.

Each year, the Dixon Fund awards grants to nonprofit and local governmental organizations located in Jackson County that focus primarily on education and health issues. Award decisions are made by an advisory board, which reviews applications submitted in the spring of each year. The decisions are subject to approval by The Columbus Foundation.

The volunteer board currently consists of two Dixon family members and six residents of Jackson County. In addition to Ms. Huffman, the other local board members are Joyce McClurg of Oak Hill, Jackson residents Gregory Ervin, Jenny Williams and Phil Karl and Judge Leonard Holzapfel of Wellston.

Since 1996, the Dixon Fund has made grants to Jackson County entities totaling more than $895,000. The fund is named in honor of J. Floyd Dixon. Born in 1887, Mr. Dixon was raised on a farm near Oak Hill and began a teaching career in the Wellston and Oak Hill schools. Mr. Dixon’s service to the area’s schools continued in 1920 with his appointment as superintendent of schools for Jackson County. He later taught in the education department at Ohio University (OU) in Athens and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Rio Grande University for his work at OU to develop extension programs throughout the state. Elizabeth Watson, Mr. Dixon’s daughter, created the J. Floyd Dixon Memorial Fund to honor her father’s service to education. Mrs. Watson attended an elementary school in Jackson. She later moved to the Columbus area, graduated from The Ohio State University, married, and raised a family. She passed away in 2003 and is survived by two sons who serve on the advisory board.

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