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Grant for $10K slated for Education Foundation

AMANDA SEBASTIANO
Staff Writer

Local business owner Joseph “Jody” Rhyne, of Rhyne Financial, along with a Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance (MassMutual) representative and Superintendent of Lincoln County Schools Sherry Hoyle, will be presenting a $10,000 grant to the Lincoln County Public Education Foundation as part of MassMutual’s Community Service Award program.
Rhyne co-wrote a grant proposal alongside Martin Eaddy, chairman of the Lincoln County Public Education Foundation, for the award earlier this year, on behalf of the education foundation. The grant was accepted and an awarded amount of $10,000 is set to be presented to the nonprofit organization at 4:30 p.m. today, at the Rhyne Financial office, 218 W. Main Street in Lincolnton.
Business professionals across the country who work with nonprofit groups were eligible to apply for one of the grants on behalf of their group — awards totaled $125,000. One $25,000 award was given and 10 $10,000 grants were awarded.
The check will go to the education foundation — a group that uses its income to bring technology into county classrooms, Rhyne told the Times-News last week, including the recent addition of Smart Boards and other new additions local children are using in schools today; the best kept secret in Lincoln County, Rhyne said.
Rhyne has been involved with the education foundation since the 1990s and served on its board for 12 years, exhausting the allowed amount of terms, and since has been looking for ways to help the organization keep going, through grants and donations.
The foundation gives out grants to teachers who applied and were approved on behalf of county schools. Six grants are given per school — three $2,500 awards and three $1,000 grants are available.
In October, Rhyne Financial will be hosting the RF8K run and 4k walk — an event with proceeds also going to the education foundation. Last year, about 150 patrons ran for the cause. Rhyne is hoping to have 200 attendees this time around, he said. This will be the second year of Rhyne’s event, which locals have since dubbed the 5-mile walk area where the group meets as the “Rhyne loop.” Last year, about $3,700 was raised for the education foundation, Rhyne noted.
Registration for the fall event is $20. Call (704) 472-7263, or visit www.racingtoes.com for more information.

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