February 25, 2002 11:00 pm

By Dick Mason

Observer Staff Writer

The Union County 24-hour Relay is extending another hand to the community.

The organization has announced how $4,500 of the funds it raised at last falls fourth annual relay will be allocated.

The Nazarene Community Athletic Field project in southeast La Grande will receive the largest contribution: $2,500.

The facility, being developed by the La Grande First Church of the Nazarene, will have softball and soccer fields that will be used by youth softball and soccer teams.

The La Grande Middle Schools Drug Free-Youth (D-FY) program will receive the next largest contribution $500.

In addition a total of $1,500 in community grants is being awarded to the following programs or projects. Between $100 and $300 will be awarded to:

Arts For All

This is a hands-on art experience program that provides children with the opportunity to explore and enjoy multi-disciplinary artistic activities. The Arts For All program is conducted annually during the third weekend of April.

La Grande High Schools Mock Trial teams

The mock trial team program educates students about the justice system.

La Grande High Schools Art Club

The club gives students the chance to explore and develop an appreciation for art.

La Grande High Schools Future Business Leaders of America chapter.

FBLA allows students to learn about and explore the business world by participating in a variety of projects.

Grande Ronde Youth Orchestra

The program offers free concerts and provides scholarship money for students lessons and participation.

Union County Childrens Choir

The childrens choir is for students in grades 4-6. Participation scholarships are provided.

Union County Teen Court

The teen court is one of many youth-led peer courts in the nation. It promotes peer involvement in the justice system. Teen-agers act as jurors for peers who have pleaded guilty to various misdemeanors.

Character First

This program, run at Stella Mayfield Elementary School in Elgin, promotes the development of character through Character First education materials. High school students help teach the curriculum.

Every 15 Minutes

Students learn about the dangers of drinking and driving in this program that is offered through the cooperation of a number of agencies.

The Union County 24-Hour Relay has contributed more than $28,000 to community projects over the past three years.

The relays grant committee will meet in April to determine how the remaining $2,000 it has designated for community grants will be awarded.

Applications can be obtained at the La Grande High School Career Center or by calling Mary Ann Miesner at 963-9213 (days) or by e-mailing her at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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