The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope Kids' College got a significant financial boost recently from the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Matching grants totaling $8,000 were awarded to the UACCH Foundation in behalf of Ronald McDonald House Charities Global and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Texarkana. The grant funds were made possible by the participation of local McDonald's Restaurant owners Steve and Celia Montgomery.
McDonald's raises funds for the corporate charity by setting aside a portion of income from each “Happy Meal” purchased, and those funds are combined with collections canisters at each McDonald's location, according to a UACCH announcement.
“We are pleased to be able to help with the continued success of Kids' College through this support,” Celia Montgomery said. “It is great to have programs like Kids' College available in our community and we certainly appreciate the opportunity to give back to a community that has been so supportive of our business.”
Kids' College and Camp Save-A-Life programs are conducted each summer on the UACCH campus for children in grades K-6 and 6-14, respectively. More than 300 children participated in the program in 2012, according to UACCH enrollment figures.
The program will be offered, again, this year, with the weeks of June 10-13 and June 17-20 for K-4th grade, and June 24-27 for students in grades 5-6. Program booklets will be delivered to schools in March, and registration begins March 26.