Co-Ex Grants

CO-EX GRANTS

Assisting Student Activities Through Service

The South Bend Alumni Association believes that Co-Ex Grants create a contract for excellence by supporting co-curricular and extra-curricular activities at South Bend schools. Student participation in these activities provides an incentive to stay in school and helps to improve classroom performance.

Co-Ex activities provide positive peer groups; develop leadership and teamwork skills; and foster self-discipline and improved time management. Exceptional Co-Ex activities can impact the lives of all our children; they not only attract the best and brightest students, but also serve as an effective support system for at-risk students. Our contract for excellence sets high expectations for young people to achieve in school and to participate in community service.

Grants are available for fine arts and performing arts activities, athletic teams, academic competitions and other school sponsored extra-curricular activities that are not supported by tax dollars.

THE CO-EX GRANT INITIATIVE

1) Provides grants for SBCSC co-curricular and extra-curricular activities

2) Helps students make the most of their potential

3) Improves student skills and enriches their school experience

4) Instills the value of “paying it forward” through community service projects

THE PROCESS

1. Submit Application

1. Submit Application

A school representative submits a grant application form which details how the funds will be used and the community service project to be performed

2. Assign Awards

2. Assign Awards

Awards are made based on financial need and merit of the request

3. Grantees Perform

3. Grantees Perform

Successful grantees perform and document their community service project

4. Funds Disbursed

4. Funds Disbursed

Funds are disbursed for the approved activity

SUBMIT A GRANT

Co-Ex Grant Application

Please print and complete the grant application and mail to our office:
215 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., South Bend, IN 46601

If you have questions about the application or types of community service projects, please email SBAA staff at sbaa@sbcsc.k12.in.us.

2017 GRANT RECIPIENTS

HIGH SCHOOL GRANTS

FEBRUARY

  • $1,650 for the Washington High School boy’s track team, coached by Adrian Swanson, to buy warmups and team shirts. Their community service is TBA.
  • $1,650 for the Washington High School girl’s track team, coached by Carl Hubbard, to buy uniforms and warmups. Their community service will be volunteering at the Hope Rescue Mission.
  • $1,000 for the Washington High School cross-country team, coached by Tony Chelminiak, to buy new uniforms. They will conduct a food drive and will volunteer at various Unity Gardens as their community service.
    MARCH
  • $654 For Riley High School’s Future Farmers of America, led by agriculture teacher Rose Calhoun,  to buy jackets, scarves and ties, required clothing for conventions and contests. Their community service was a neighborhood cleanup around the school.
    APRIL
  • $1,250 for the Adams High School boys’ track team, coached by Randy Griffith, to buy warmups. Community service is to be determined.
  • $1,597 for Clay High School to buy weights for use by various athletes.The request was made by AD Al Hartman. For their community service, the football team was going to volunteer at the food bank.
  • $2,000 for the Riley High School robotics team, coached by Kathryn Meier, to help pay expenses related to a state tournament. For their community service, they are collecting food for Hope Rescue Mission.
    MAY
  • $1,030 for Clay High School’s boys’ tennis team, coached by Emily Zablocki, to buy new uniforms. Their community service will be volunteering in August at the Boys & Girls Club.
  • $1,500 for the Riley girls track and field team, coached by Kristen Haubold, to buy jackets and pants. They volunteered in May at Girls on the Run as their community service.
  • $1,200 for the Riley Makerspace Club, sponsored by teacher Seth Ponder,  to buy 10 drones. For their service, club members were to teach computer science and drone technology to younger students at Hamilton Traditional School.
  • $2,500 for the Riley football team, coached by Jarvis Edison, to buy game jerseys and pants. Their community service will include reading to younger students at Lincoln and Monroe primary centers.
    JUNE
  • $2,000 for the Riley cheerleaders, coached by Marcia Taylor, to buy new warmups, mats and a hand spring trainer. Their community service will be to volunteer in October at the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk.
  • $1,500 for the Washington girls’ basketball team, coached by Steven Reynolds, to buy practice gear. The team volunteered at a basketball camp at the Kroc Center as their community service.
  • $2,000 for the Washington boys’ soccer team, coached by Lorenzo Garcia, to buy training equipment. The team members are volunteering at La Casa de Amistad as their community service.
  • $2,000 for the Washington football team, coached by Jay Johnson, to buy home jerseys. As their community service, team members are continuing their mentoring/reading program at Harrison and Wilson primary centers. They also will be participating in a youth football camp and helping with a fall cleanup at Reins of Life.
    JULY
  • $1,500 for the Clay High School cheerleaders, coached by Cheryl Anderson, to buy new uniforms. They will perform at various community events as their community service.
  • AUGUST
  • 1,400 for Riley High School’s cross-country team, coached by Chad Wetzel, to buy new uniforms. For their community service, they volunteered at Logan’s Run at Notre Dame.

PRIMARY CENTER GRANTS

APRIL

  • $200 for Perley Primary Fine Arts Academy to buy material for tutus worn during Girls on the Run, coached by Melissa Glenn. Their community service is to be determined.
    MAY
  • $375 for Perley Primary Fine Arts Academy, requested by music teacher Jeannie Pedersen-Smith, to buy costumes for the all-school musical “The Jungle Book.”  Their community service will be performing at various events over the summer.
    JULY
  • $700 to buy 11 half-size guitars and $852 to buy 25 ukuleles for Perley Primary Fine Arts Academy for extra-curricular music programs. The grants were requested by music teacher James Grondin. For their community service, the students will perform at a local nursing home.
  • AUGUST
  • $1,700 for Marquette Primary Center, requested by music teacher Cynthia Berryman,  to buy xylophones. For their community service, they will perform at nursing homes.

 

 

INTERMEDIATE CENTER GRANTS

FEBRUARY

  • $500 for the LaSalle Intermediate Academy’s wrestling team, coached by Wesley Lee, to buy shorts, shirts and headgear.  For their community service, they collected food for the food bank and will conduct a food drive to benefit the food banks at local churches.
    MARCH
  • $300 each for LaSalle Academy and Jefferson Intermediate School to fund a program  known as CHASE (Confidence, Health, Attitude, Self Esteem), led by Britton Odle, school resource officer. The funds will be used for craft/learning supplies. Their community service will be volunteering at the MS Walk in May and hosting a bake sale to benefit Riley Children’s Hospital.
  • $500 for Brown Intermediate Center, requested by PE/health teacher Wesley Lee,  to buy new gym equipment. Their community service will volunteering at the food bank and doing a neighborhood cleanup.
    MAY
  • $940 for the Art Club at Brown Intermediate Center, led by teacher Adrianne Hurt, to pay for transportation costs for an educational trip to the Art Institute of Chicago. Their community service was volunteering at an art show reception and helping with a spring cleaning day at Beacon Community Center.
  • $850 for enrollment fees to allow 10 Dickinson Fine Arts Academy students to attend the Donald Dake Middle School Music Camp over the summer. The request was made by band director Bart Roberts. Their community service will include volunteering at the food bank.

2016 GRANT RECIPIENTS

HIGH SCHOOL GRANTS

  • $420 for the Clay High School baseball team, coached by Joel Reinebold, to buy helmets. As part of their community service they are volunteering at a baseball camp in January and February.
  • $2,000 for Washington High School’s baseball team, coached by Doug Buysse, to purchase jerseys and pants. For their community service, team members will help set up and organize the Girls on the Run 5k race in May at Potawatomi Park.
  • $2,000 for Riley High School Golf to help defray costs of the annual Florence Troeger Invitational Golf Tournament, scheduled in May. The request was submitted by Riley AD Marie Doan; Golf Coach Kent Harhydt; and SBCSC AD Kirby Whitacre. For the team’s community service, they will conduct a golf clinic in May for younger students and produce a video to encourage younger students to play golf.
  • $2,000 for the Washington High School Robotics Team, mentored by Annette Muday, to help pay for robot kits and other expenses. For their community service the students will volunteer at a middle school to talk about WHS and and its robotics program, and to encourage the younger students to prepare for college.
  • $2,000 for the Clay High School cheerleaders, coached by Cheryl Anderson, to replace uniforms. Their community service is to be determined.
  • $1,400 for the Clay High School girls’ tennis team, coached by Angie Bitner, to purchase a variety of equipment. They will volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club for their community service.
  • $1,725 for the Washington High School volleyball team, coached by Susan Rathwick, to buy new uniforms. Their community service will be maintaining the school’s Unity Garden.
  • $1,500 for the Adams High school Civil Air Patrol, submitted by teacher Daniel Walsh, to buy color guard and other materials. For their community service, they will volunteer at the local Food Bank and do a spring cleanup at the Miller’s Vets Center.
  • $1,500 for a rocketry team at Riley High School, led by teacher Susan Sakamoto, to pay expenses for a national competition. The team’s community service was helping their peers with a rocket launch in May.
  • $600 for the Adams High School’s Ladies of Victorious Excellence group, advised by teacher Aprell Sparks, to buy t-shirts with the group’s logo. Their community service was volunteering at the YWCA to serve meals, wrap Christmas presents and perform other tasks.
  • $1,079 for the Riley High School varsity basketball team, coached by Mark Johnson, to buy travel warmup clothing. Their community service consisted of reading to and tutoring younger students at the primary centers.
  • $1,000 for the Riley High School football team, coached by Jarvis Edison, to buy summer jerseys and pants. Their community service was mentoring younger students at Monroe and Lincoln primary centers.
  • $1,320 for the Adams High School Model UN program, led by teacher Heath Weaver, to help low-income students attend a three-day conference in Chicago. Their community service is to be determined.
  • $2,000 for Washington High School’s golf teams, coached by Brian Ginzer, to buy golf clubs, bags and range finders. Their community service will be maintaining two Unity Gardens.
  • $1,200 for the Adams High School volleyball team, coached by Pat Gring, to purchase an iPad and related equipment. Their community service involves cleaning the 31 grills at Potawatomi Park throughout the summer.
  • $2,000 for the Clay High School track team, coached by Dwight Mood, to buy new uniforms. For their community service, they helped at the Relay for Life in May and will do additional service later.
  • $1,000 for the Clay High School wrestling team, coached by Jay Love, to buy an iPad, camera and other electronic equipment to record matches. For their service, they will volunteer in the fall at the Food Bank of Northern Indiana.
  • $2,000 for the Washington High School swimming and diving teams, coached by Stephanie Klemm and Meg Bennett, to buy a variety of equipment for the boys’ and girls’ teams. The swimmers volunteered at Reins of Life for their community service.
  • $2,000 for the Washington High School girls’ basketball team, coached by Steven Reynolds Jr., to buy tops and shorts. They will volunteer in July at the Hello Belleville event as their community service.
  • $5,000 for the Adams High School band, led by Zach Myers and Mitch Freeman, to buy a portable sound system. For their community service, they will perform at various community events.
  • $2,500 for the Washington High School football team, coached by Jay Johnson, to buy an end-zone camera. The team will conduct a mentoring/reading program at two feeder schools, and also will volunteer at the March of Dimes walk and at a Youth Football Camp, as their community service.
  • $2,000 for the Washington High School cheerleaders, coached by Sarah Taylor, to pay for new uniforms. They will volunteer at the Making Strides Against Cancer walk as their community service.
  • $2,000 for the Riley High School drama program, requested by music teacher Jane Voorde, to pay royalties for a production of “Grease.” Students will participate at the Truck Pull and perform at various nursing homes as their community service.
  • $2,500 for the Adams High School football team, coached by Antwon Jones, for an end-zone camera. Their community service is to be determined.
  • $2,000 for the Riley High School volleyball team, coached by Alisha Fransted, to buy uniforms, knee pads, travel bags and other items. Their community service is a clean-up of a city park.
  • $2,000 for the Riley High School boys soccer team, coached by Paul Kingston, to buy uniforms and equipment. Team members will volunteer at the food bank and two homeless centers as their community service.
  • $200 for Adams High School International Student Organization, sponsored by teaches Savino Rivera Jr.,  to buy a banner. Their community service will be serving a meal at the Center for the Homeless, painting the Twychenham viaduct and other activities.
  • $1,250 for the Adams girls basketball team, coached by Leon Scott, to buy uniforms and warmups. Their community service was volunteering at Logan’s Run and at the Northern Indiana Food Bank.
  • $2,000 for the Riley cheerleaders, coached by Marcia Taylor, to buy new uniforms. Their community service was volunteering at the Making Strides Against Cancer event.
  • $575 for student mentors at Riley, requested by social worker Mary Dunn, to buy t-shirts and art supplies. Their community service is collecting coats for the Coats for Kids program

PRIMARY CENTER GRANTS

  • $500 for the Perley Fine Arts Academy to buy materials, t-shirts and supplies for the Girls on the Run program, coached by Melissa Glenn. Their community service will be determined later.
  • $420 for Madison Primary Center to buy t-shirts for the choir, directed by Kathy Sellers. For their community service, they will perform at Healthwin Hospital and Dujarie House.
  • $350 for Madison Primary Center’s “Drums Alive” program, to buy various materials. The request was made by Principal Deb Martin. They will perform at various community events as their community service.
  • $780 for Kennedy Primary Center, requested by Principal William Waskom, to pay registration fees for a problem-solving contest. For their community service, they will work on solving the community problem they identify in the contest.

 

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INTERMEDIATE CENTER GRANTS

 

  • $1,095 for Brown Intermediate Center’s art students, requested by teacher Adrianne Hurt, to visit the Chicago Art Museum for an educational field trip. Their community service was a neighborhood clean-up.
  • $1,000 for Jefferson Intermediate Center’s athletic program, requested by Athletic Coordinator Rick Ankney, to buy warm-up apparel for the winter sports teams.  The athletes will collect pet food for the South Bend Animal Control and Care Center as their community service.
  • $1,500 for the Navarre Intermediate Center girls’ softball team, coached by Jamie Yoder, to buy face masks, catcher’s gear and pants. Team members will volunteer in August at the Center for the Homeless as their community service.

 

 

 

 

2015 GRANT RECIPIENTS

HIGH SCHOOL GRANTS

    • $450 for the Adams High School boys’ soccer team, coached by Cruz Gallegos, to purchase a camcorder to record games. They partnered with the Boys & Girls Club to teach soccer to younger children as their community service.
    • $790.80 to Adams High School cheerleaders, coached by Tracy Kielton Libbey, to buy pom poms and boys uniforms. For their community service they helped at the Hannah & Friends 5k run.
    • $1,000 for royalties and rental fees for Riley High School to produce “The Sound of Music.” The request was submitted by drama coach Jane Voorde. As their community service, the students performed at various nursing homes and at the annual Truck Pull.
    • $1,000 for the Washington High School cross-country team, coached by Tony Chelminiak, to buy GPS watches. They collected donations for the local food bank and the Salvation Army for their community service.
    • $1,000 for the Adams High School student newspaper, the Tower, to help with production costs. Samantha Lewis is the adviser for the paper.
    • $1,059 for the Adams boys basketball team, coached by Milt Cooper, to buy an iPad video system to record and review games. Their service project will involve putting on a basketball camp at the Boys & Girls Club.
    • $1,200 for the Riley High School wrestling team, coached by Bill Flatt, to buy travel bags. Their community service involved volunteering at the Camps 4 Champs at the Boys & Girls Club.
    • $1,350 for the Adams High School boys’ swim team to buy swim suits. Their coach is Joshua Kytta, For their service project, they have helped at a local food food pantry.
    • $1,500 to the Washington High School wrestling team, coached by Tony McWilliams, for warm-up outfits. Team members volunteered at the Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity and Center for the Homeless as their community service.
    • $1,500 for the Adams boys golf team, coached by Dan Walsh, to buy golf bags and uniforms. Their community service included helping at the Food Bank’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive and staffing a youth tent at the SB150 festival.
    • $1,500 to the Washington football team, coached by Jay Johnson, to help buy new jerseys. The football players are planning a book drive and will spend time reading to younger students at two elementary schools.
    • $1,500 for the Washington High School drama/theater department for expenses related to producing a play. The request was submitted by teacher Kathy Jo Tully. For their community service they will present benefit performances and help at a middle school thespian dram program.
    • $1,656 for the Washington High School boys track team, coached by Larry Davidson, to buy running uniforms and starting blocks. They volunteered at the Food Bank for their community service.
    • $2,000 to the Adams cross country team to purchase warm-up uniforms. Runners helped organize and conduct the Hannah & Friends 5K run in late June. Savino Rivera is the cross country coach.
    • $2,000 for the Clay High School football team, coached by Joe Szajko, to purchase headsets. Their community service was to help run the Tulchinsky Camp 4 Champs at the Boys & Girls Club.
    • $2,000 for the Adams softball team, coached by Amanda Heckaman, to purchase uniforms and helmets. Their service project was to volunteer at the Food Bank.
    • $2,000 for the Riley/New Tech robotics team, coached by Kathryn Meier, to help it compete in a state contest.
    • $2,000 for the Adams boys track team, coached by Randy Griffith, to buy warm-up outfits. Their service project was to volunteer at the Food Bank.
    • $2,000 for the Washington High School football team, coached by Jay Johnson, to buy uniform pants. Their community service involved a reading/mentoring program at Wilson Primary Center and volunteering at a March of Dimes walk.
    • $2,000 for a Clay High School volleyball team, coached by Jami Redman Toth, to buy uniforms and equipment. They helped out at the Camps 4 Champs at the Boys & Girls Club as their community Service.
    • $2,000 for the Adams High School baseball team to help purchase a portable batting cage. Their coach is Michael Cass.
    • $2,000 for the Washington High School basketball team, coached by Chad Johnston, to buy practice uniforms and neckties. They raised funds at a Coaches vs. Cancer event as their community service project.
    • $2,000 for the Adams High School girls’ swim team to buy competition suits. Their coach is Michael Anderson. For their community service they volunteered at the local food bank.
    • $2,500 to the Science Olympiad at Adams High School, sponsored by Daniel Walsh. The funds will support several aspects of the program. Students conducted a food drive for the Food Bank of Northern Indiana as their community service project.
    • $2,500 to the Clay High School football team, coached by Joe Szajko, to purchase an end zone camera. Team members helped out in June at the Mark Tulchinsky Football Camp at the Boys & Girls Club.
    • $3,500 for the Riley High School football team, coached by Brian Stultz, to purchase football jerseys and pants. Their community service will be to assist at a backpack giveaway and a coat giveaway.

PRIMARY CENTER GRANTS

 

  • $500 for Tarkington School to purchase costumes, props and sets for a production of the muscial “Aladdin Kids”, directed by Rachel Raska. For their service project, the students performed the musical at a local nursing home.
  • $600 for McKinley Primary Center for a fourth-grade field trip to see “Seussical the Musical.”  Heather Ducharme is the teacher. The service project was to collect items for care packages for children’s wards of local hospitals.
  • $611 for Harrison Primary Center to purchase garden supplies and Arbor Day memberships as part of an effort to restore the school’s fire-damaged playground. The effort was led by Barbie Ernsberger and John Van Dyke. Their community service was to plant trees on school grounds and to work on restoring the playground.
  • $1,000 to the Perley Fine Arts Academy for its Girls on the Run program, coached by Michele Lodoen and Melissa Glenn. Their service project was to create care packages for public service personnel.
  • $1,000 to purchase incentives for an accelerated reading program at Lincoln Primary Center, led by Lori Miller. Students will conduct a neighborhood cleanup this spring as their community service.
    $1,050 for Hamilton Traditional School for a showkit and fees to produce a a Disney musical, directed by Karen Payton. Their service project involved helping with Hello Gorgeous day for cancer patients.
  • $1,098 to Marquette Montessori to buy equipment for a fiber arts project. The materials they make will be donated to a children’s hospital to fulfill their community service.
  • $420 for the Madison Primary Center choir, led by music teacher Kathy Sellers, to buy t-shirts. For their community service, they performed at Healthwin Hospital and Dujarie Center.
  • $350 for Madison Primary Center’s Drums Alive program, requested by Principal Deb Martin, to buy various materials. Their community service consisted of performances at community events.
  • $1,000 for Lincoln Primary Center, requested by literacy coach Lori Miller, to purchase items to encourage reading. The kids will conduct a school and neighborhood cleanup in the spring as their community service.

 

 

 

 

INTERMEDIATE CENTER GRANTS

 

  • $400 for the Jefferson Intermediate Center football team to purchase helmets. The application was submitted by Athletic Director William Bradford. The team will help this fall at the Rake-a-Difference day, raking leaves for nearby residents.
  • $800 for Navarre Intermediate Center to buy football practice equipment, submitted by Bert White. The team helped at a backpack give-away as their service project.
  • $1,225 for the Navarre Intermediate Center football team, coached by Anthony White, to buy football jerseys. They plan to help at the Center for the Homeless and do other community service.
  • $500 for the Jefferson Intermediate Center to purchase two or three used bicycles and related items for a Bike Club. The application was submitted by teacher Michael Choinacky. The club members will clean up Potawatomi Park as their community service.
  • $1,000 for Edison Intermediate Center cheerleaders, coached by Starkeisha Walker,  to buy new uniforms. Their community service will be collecting items for Hope Rescue Mission and the YWCA, where school-age children live.