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Bellefontaine Moose make donation to benefit Summer Academy

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The Bellefontaine Moose Lodge 2563 and Women of the Moose 2228 recently presented the Logan County Autism Workgroup with a $350 donation following the group’s Autism Awareness Month fundraiser in April.

The donation provided will cover all of the supply costs for one of the three classrooms at this year’s Logan County Summer Academy, a seven-week program for school-age students with autism or a severe emotional condition.

This year’s academy begins June 14 at Western Intermediate School, and will serve 20 students.

The program is administered by the Logan County Educational Service Center and is directed by the collaborative Autism Workgroup comprised of a variety of organizations serving children with autism.

Over the last four years, enough funds have been raised to provide the academy at no cost to students.

Betty Clark, Women of Moose 2228 senior regent, learned of the community need for donations to the Summer Academy at the J.C. Penney balloon launch for Autism Awareness in April. She then approached the Moose Junior Governor, John Payne, and others about conducting a fundraiser.

Members sold awareness ribbons, conducted a 50/50 raffle, and raffled a ham to raise the funds.

Mr. Payne said several members of the Moose have family and friends impacted by autism, and they are looking forward to a larger fundraising campaign next year.

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