NEWBURYPORT — Newburyport’s Commission for Diversity and Tolerance celebrated the recipients of their 2013 mini-grants at a reception April 25 at the Newburyport Public Library.
Each grant was chosen because it furthers the mission of the commission, which is to promote a sense of welcome in the Newburyport community, to promote inclusion and to work toward the elimination of prejudice, intolerance, discrimination and acts of hate. Mayor Holaday offered congratulations to the grant writers and shared some stories of the early years of the commission.
Funding for the mini-grants is made possible through the efforts of the organization Friends for Peace, Inc. Jan DeSantis, president, encouraged everyone to support their fundraising efforts by attending the Wet Paint Auction on Oct. 26 at Mission Oak Grill.
Each recipient was presented with a grant award check on behalf of Friends for Peace and the Commission for Diversity and Tolerance. The following mini-grants were awarded:
United in Poetry
Deborah Szabo, Newburyport High School
Marilyn Johnston, Nock Middle School
Ellie Davis, YWCA
Opportunity Works International Week
Deborah Andrews, Opportunity Works
Diversity Reading Project and Collection
Aine Greaney and Susan Chase, Emma Andrews Library
Kerry Mahoney, The Arc, Greater Haverhill-Newburyport
Civil Rights Unit: The Nine Who Dared Performance, Theatre Espresso Group
Jen Groskin and Sally Leety, Nock Middle School
Civil Rights Unit: Slavery and Civil Rights Novels
Jen Groskin, Nock Middle School Boys Club
Nancy Earls and Ollie Jones, Newburyport Learning Enrichment Center