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HAMILTON COUNTY–Wheatland Electric Cooperative, Inc. announced today that its Sharing Success Fund, managed by the Scott Community Foundation, has awarded a $1,000 grant to the Syracuse Christian Academy.

The funds will be used for a sun shade and rock support wall for the Academy’s greenhouse, protecting the produce on especially hot days and preventing the washing away of the foundation of the greenhouse.

“These updates to the greenhouse will allow us to continue to grow quality, fresh vegetables and fruits and offer the community the opportunity to buy produce locally and reasonably priced,” explained Sarah Ochs, communications secretary for Syracuse Christian Academy.

In addition to the greenhouse, the Academy’s property includes an orchard with nearly 200 fruit trees, an outdoor garden, three beehives used for honey, and 75 chickens to produce farm fresh eggs, all of which is used in the expansive agriculture curriculum provided to students and benefiting the surrounding community.

The Scott Community Foundation began formally accepting applications for grants from the Wheatland Electric Sharing Success Fund from community-based organizations on December 1, 2012. Wheatland Electric and CoBank have each contributed $10,000 this year to the fund.

The program will continue to run until the funds are exhausted. Since 2012, the Sharing Success Fund has made $125,000 available to community-based organizations and projects across Wheatland’s service territory.

Community based organizations interested in receiving funding from the Wheatland Electric Sharing Success Fund can apply online. Questions should be referred to Alli Conine, Director of Member Services & Corporate Communications, at 620-874-4563 or

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Sara McClure, member services and key accounts manager for Wheatland Electric (far left), presents a $1,000 Sharing Success grant to students of Syracuse Christian Academy in front of their new greenhouse, with Dawn Freeman, principal (second from left), and Joe Gould, superintendent (far right).​​
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View from inside the greenhouse at the Syracuse Christian Academy in Hamilton County.