Holy Trinity philanthropy class gives grant money to 3 local organizations


Students in Holy Trinity's philanthropy class pose with members of the Brevard Neighborhood Development Coalition, the Central Brevard Humane Society and Rolling Readers Space Coast Inc. The students presented $3,450 in grant money to those organizations on Friday.


Children will learn healthy eating habits, dogs will get a safe place to play and another group of kids will get a chance to work on their reading skills thanks in part to $3,450 in grant money handed out by students at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy on Friday.

It was all part of a project for the school’s philanthropy class taught by Rev. Joy Willard-Williford, chaplain of Holy Trinity’s Upper School.

The Brevard Neighborhood Development Coalition for the D.O.C.K and its Healthy Foods Feed Healthy Minds and Bodies Program received $1,500.

A grant of $1,000 was given to the Central Brevard Humane Society for its Shelter Dog Run Renovation project, and Rolling Readers Space Coast Inc. received $900 for its PJ Night at the Library program.

Holy Trinity students received 13 proposals totaling $17,241 in requests and made their choices after reviewing each submission, initially in small groups, and then as an entire class.

“It was hard, because we wanted to give money to every single one of that came to us,” junior John Wills said. “It was just determining what we thought was best.”

This is the second year the philanthropy class has given out grants to local organizations. Last year’s class gave a $1,500 grant to the Brevard Rescue Mission, while $500 each went to Fostering Connections and the Children’s Hunger Project.

Once again, the students started out with $1,500 in grant money this year. That total was matched by the Sperando family (parents of alumni) and another $450 came from the school’s economics classes, which raised money during an “Apprentice” type Christmas “Sell-a-thon” competition.

Wills said he and his classmates were drawn to the Central Brevard Humane Society and the Rolling Readers programs.

“As a class, we all just connected to it the most,” Wills said. “Like helping those dogs. And the rolling readers, we want children to be able to read and graduate high school. They’re not as fortunate as we are here and we want to help them out as much as we can.”

Asked what the biggest thing he got out of the project was, Wills said it was simply learning about the how much need for support there is throughout the Brevard County community.

As for the Brevard Neighborhood Development Coalition, the Holy Trinity junior said:

“We do so many projects for them, we really thought they stood out for helping children the most. Healthy eating habits are what really help children eat healthy as adults. We just want to teach them now.

“Not having food, that’s tough. We just wanted to help them out as much as we can.”

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