Foundation drive begins

The Clay-Union Foundation is in its 16th year as a mentoring program, and has begun several different drives.

There are two boys and two girls who would like to have a mentor in Elk Point. Mentors must be at least 18 years old, and will be in the area at least a year. Current EP-J seniors who will be in the area are eligible for mentoring. The volunteers spend two hours per week with their matches, and are able to build a relationship with each other. An application is pending for an adult mentor from Gayville as well.

The program also would like to recruit an educator from EP-J, who is willing to serve on the board of directors. The board reviews applications for mentors, and assists with the scholarship program.

A fund drive has begun to assist with the community service scholarship and community fund. The program will award its second $500 scholarship later this month. Donations from current and former residents in Clay and Union counties are always welcome.

Donations may be sent to John Gille, 31911 3rd Avenue, Elk Point, SD, 57025.

The scholarship is available to graduating seniors from Elk Point-Jefferson or Vermillion high schools, who are pursuing a four-year college education. Donations will help the program continue to offer its scholarship and help local programs in need of assistance, as funds allow.

For more information, contact John Gille at (605) 421-5050, or e-mail

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