April 28, 2002 11:00 pm

By Dick Mason

Oberser Staff Writer

The Union County 24-Hour Relay is again extending a helping hand to the community.

The organization has announced how $2,050 of the the funds it raised at last fall's fourth annual relay will be allocated.

Ten programs and projects will be funded. The contributions raise the total given to the community from the 2001 relay to $6,500.

Following are the programs and projects that will receive the latest contributions in the second and last round of grants from the 2001 24-Hour Relay.

Each group, organization or program is receiving grants that range from $65 to $300.

• Academic Excellence Award program for La Grande Middle School students. This is an evening program for students who have made the LMS honor roll.

• Basketball Mini-Camp for students in grades 6-8 conducted by the La Grande High School basketball team.

• Blue Mountain Running Mentor program for at-risk youth who learn about long-distance running techniques and training.

• Boy Scout Eagle Project for Sunnyhill Park. A security light will be put in by Boy Scout Peter Harris for his Eagle Scout project.

• Elgin School District's Character First program, which emphasizes the development of character for students in grades 6-8. Those involved include high school peers who help teach the program with the aid of curriculum materials.

• La Grande High School FCCLA chapter, the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America program helps students develop leadership skills.

• FLASH/Self-Esteem Outreach Group, the Female League for Adolescent Health Services, is a self-esteem program designed to promote healthy behavior and positive self-image for teen-age girls.

• The Island City Elementary School fifth grade class will use the funds for a field trip to the Portland-Salem area. The state capitol and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry will be among the places the fifth-graders will visit.

• La Grande High School's Alternative School whose leaders are creating a program on bicycle mechanics and safety to promote physical activity.

• Link Crew May Training Day. The Link Crew is a LHS program that helps freshmen. Through the program juniors and seniors became big brothers or sisters to freshmen.