Appeared in the Chariton Leader February 5, 2013
by Kris Patrick, Staff Writer
The local SPLASH Pod described their organization to the Chariton Rotary Club explaining they are far more than a group presenting local grants. SPLASH is a Youth Pod sponsored by the school and supported by the DEKKO Foundation. The Foundation developed the Youth Pod concept as a way of educating youth about philanthropy, service and giving youth the opportunity to gain real world experience.
Students are invited to apply to be a member of SPLASH in the spring of their 7th year. After acceptance, students are members of SPLASH from 8th grade until graduation.
SPLASH granting cycles are November 15th and February 15th.
SPLASH also encourages youth development by volunteering at the preschool level and has a middle school volunteer program. SPLASH services include making BOO BOO bags, Children's Shopping day, helping families in need and partnering with Rotary in the Back Pack buddies project.
SPLASH has established an endowment with the South Central Iowa Community Foundation so local donations can be directed to the Chariton Back Pack Buddies Project. Each month SPLASH members help pack food for chronically hungry children at Columbus and Van Allen Elementary schools.