Becky Senti, Story County Community Foundation (SCCF) Advisory Board member and Lisa McCarty, Director of All Aboard for Kids, visit with 10 year old Gabe McCarty about his project.

A $3,000 grant from the Story County Community Foundation supported a six-week summer enrichment program for students, grade K-7, with emphasis on serving children on the autism spectrum.

“The SCCF grant was a critical part of the funding to make this program possible for its second summer,” said Lisa McCarty, director of All Aboard for Kids.

The program was offered to children of all abilities and backgrounds with a diverse blend of rewarding activities led by an experienced and motivated staff. Most of the paid staff returned for their second year and were assisted by wonderful high school volunteers.

Classes included 12-15 students of which one-third were “peer models.” Each week featured a special theme with a Super Heroes theme for the final week.

“Things have gone very well this year and we hope that next summer, with additional funding, we can continue providing diverse programming for our younger kids, but also differentiate the activities and focus to make camp more age-appropriate for our older kids,” said McCarty. “There are very few available services for the older students and this would be a way to better serve their needs.”

SCCF awards community grants of up to $6,000 to nonprofit organizations or governmental organizations for projects to improve local communities. Applications for 2017 community grants are due on Sept. 30. For more information on grants available, visit the SCCF webpage at or call the SCCF office at 515-232-9200.