Each Spring students from East and West Jay Middle Schools visit Taylor University and John Jay Center for Learning as part of the College Visitation Program. All Jay County 6th grade students are given an opportunity to experience a college campus firsthand.
The Portland Foundation’s Care and Share Program is designed to teach students philanthropic principles and what it means to care and share within their community. Volunteers and staff from the Foundation visit each third grade class to discuss philanthropy and how the students can be philanthropists. Each class decides on a project and is given $100 from the Foundation to complete their program.
Since its inception in 1999, the Care and Share program has been funded by the Virgil B. and Josephine H. Thomas Educational Fund, a field of interest fund of the Foundation.
Participating Schools for 2015
Bloomfield Elementary School A total of $200 was awarded. The students gave the funds to the Jay County Community Center to help fund the new Senior Center. Teachers: Jenny DeHoff and Lona Shuey
General Shanks Elementary School A total of $200 was awarded. The students gave the funds to the Jay County Historical Museum to help pay for operating costs. Teachers: Jodi McKee, Denise Swingley
Jay County Christian Academy A total of $100 was awarded. The students used the money to help support the Jay County Pregnancy Care Center.
Teacher: Krystal Bell
Judge Haynes Elementary School A total of $200 was awarded. The funds were sent to the Jay County Humane Society. Teachers: Terri Lee and Jeff Heller
Pennville Elementary School A total of $100 was awarded. The students used the funds to help suuprt the Seth L. Corwin Memorial Scholarship Fund. Teacher: Rex Pinkerton and Karen Shawver Redkey Elementary School A total of $200 was awarded. The students used the funds to help the Geery family after a house fire.
Westlawn Elementary School A total of $200 was awarded. The students put the funds toward "Breanna's Hope" Program. Teachers: Jennifer Johnson and Janelle Kirby
Once again, Jay County third grade students have received dictionaries compliments of The Commercial Review and the Dictionary Project. The Dictionary Project is a nonprofit organization designed to raise money to provide a dictionary to third grade students in public schools. Over 500,000 students nationwide have received a dictionary through this program. Jay County schools were the first in Indiana to participate in the program starting in Spring 2003. The Commercial Review has agreed to provide funds for dictionaries for the third grade classes for every year going forward. The Portland Foundation serves as a facilitator for this program.