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Wheatland awards Child Abuse Prevention Education grant
Several board members from CAPE gathered to accept their $1,000 Sharing Success Grant from Wheatland Electric on July 11. Pictured from left to right are Regan Reif, Member Services and Key Accounts Manager for Wheatland Electric; Shala Ehrlich, CAPE Treasurer; Brett Middleton, CAPE Secretary; Judy Johnson, CAPE Director; and Sheryl Neeland, CAPE Board President

Wheatland Electric Inc. announced that its Sharing Success Fund, managed by the Scott Community Foundation, has awarded a $1,000 grant to Child Abuse Prevention Education (CAPE). Founded in 1984 to address the needs of children in Great Bend, CAPE’s primary goal is to aid in the reduction of child abuse through education, increased public awareness, advocacy, program development & collaboration, and to serve as a resource to all communities served by the organization. 

During the 2018-2019 school year, almost 3,000 preschool through sixth grade students and over 350 adults heard CAPE’s message and learned about physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, as well as neglect. Last year alone, after attending CAPE’s program, 20 students reported abuse to a school official. CAPE plans to use the Sharing Success Fund grant money to expand their programming into other attendance centers in this area, while continuing to serve all Great Bend public and private schools.  

The Scott Community Foundation began formally accepting applications for grants from the Wheatland Electric Sharing Success Fund from non-profit organizations on December 1, 2012. Wheatland Electric and CoBank have each contributed $7,500 this year to the fund and $5,000 in years past. The program will continue to run until the funds are exhausted.  Non-profit groups interested in receiving funding from the Wheatland Electric Sharing Success Fund should contact the Scott Community Foundation at 620-872-3790 for further details.