A relatively new Manning trust fund will benefit a variety of projects this year — a school communication TV, a coloring book highlighting Manning’s history and culture, and mats for youth wrestlers.
In its fourth year, the Refresh Manning Trust Fund continues to benefit nonprofit businesses and organizations in the City of Manning. The $1,600 available in grants this year was split among three grant applicants.
The IKM-Manning School District received $750 for a 65-inch TV in the high school lunchroom, used to communicate information about school and community events and local job openings. It will replace a current 39-inch TV, which applicants said is harder to read in the lunchroom but will be used elsewhere in the school.
“The other thing that attracted us from an economic-development viewpoint was that in addition to putting information on the TV about school-related events and community events, they were going to post job openings from local businesses pertinent to high-schoolers,” trust fund committee member Ron Reischl said. “The economic-development point made that application interesting.”
The Manning Historic Preservation Commission received $750 to design, create and print a coloring book featuring historic and cultural places in Manning, including the German Hausbarn, Trinity Church, Milwaukee Trestle, Main Street District, water tower, Leet/Hassler Farmstead and more.
IKM-Manning students will be involved in the book’s design. The books will be available for free at the Hausbarn, Boulders Inn and Suites, Manning Public Library and participating businesses. Each page, in addition to having an image to color, will have historical information about the featured site that would be interesting to both kids and parents, Reischl said.
“We wanted a way to advertise the historical nature of some of the buildings in Manning, especially downtown,” Reischl said. “We felt the best way to get this message out was through the children.”
The final project this year’s grants are benefiting is the Manning Wolves youth wrestling team’s fundraising efforts for wrestling mats. The trust’s $100 grant for the team will contribute to its goal of more than $2,000. The volunteer program started in November of 2016 is open to kids through middle school age. Last year, 25 wrestlers participated, and this year’s enrollment is up to 38. All of those involved in the program are volunteers.
“They’ve been amazingly successful from a participation viewpoint,” Reischl said. “They’ve had good results for a young team competing with more experienced teams.”
All three organizations are providing additional funding for the projects that benefited from the trust.
The fund follows “Endow Iowa” guidelines for those who donate to it, which includes a state tax credit for 25 percent of the donation and a federal tax deduction. Donations other than cash, including stocks, bonds, corn, soybeans and real estate, also can benefit the fund.
Donations for the fund, which need to be $100 or more, can be sent to CFCC, c/o Iowa Savings Bank, P.O. Box 967, Carroll, IA, 51401, with checks made out to CFCC and “Refresh Manning Trust” written on the memo line.
“I’d encourage people to donate,” Reischl said. “The money will stay in town, is the key.”
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