Pioneer Electric H.U.G.S. Grant Helps Spur Creativity At Local Schools

On January 19, representatives of the Pioneer Electric’s Helping Us Give to Society (H.U.G.S.) team presented students of Sullivan and Hickok Elementary Schools with a $5,800 grant that will be put towards assisting the art programs at both schools.

“This will be a great opportunity for both schools,” said Anita Wendt, H.U.G.S. representative. “Through this partnership, we want to provide our youth with the ability to showcase and build new skills. It is more than just an investment in our students— it is an opportunity to help inspire new and creative ideas that could empower our communities!”

Previously, only students enrolled at Sullivan Elementary were offered an arts program.  The H.U.G.S. grant, along with other donations, has helped with the expansion of the program to Hickok Elementary School giving the over 850 students, in both schools, a chance to receive their basic education in art.

“Hickok has not had an art program in a long time and I believe the funding will help tremendously,” said Stephanie Manis, K-5 Art Teacher for USD 214. “Being able to see how excited the students are about having Art makes me believe that they will benefit from this opportunity!”

The grant will be split between both schools and will be used to purchase various supplies. These supplies will help ensure students are prepared for future art classes.

“I am preparing them (the students) for junior high art and we hope that these donations will allow us to continue purchasing supplies that the students need. This includes paper, brushes, paint and more. Hickok’s art program is completely starting from scratch and this grant will surely help.”