The Lebanon City Council Monday donated $1,500 each to the Lebanon STEM Foundation and the Boone County Backpack Attack, but not without controversy over the former.
Joe LePage, the city’s community, economic and redevelopment director, who was appearing on behalf of the foundation, asked for the contribution from the city’s food and beverage fund, to benefit the Lebanon Community School Corp.’s plan to renovate Lebanon Middle School with a STEM lab. The Lebanon school board approved the plan on May 16, LePage said. The $1,500 donation will help Boone County’s Backpack Attack provide school supplies to up to 800 students, project representative Baili Hart said.
Hart told the council the event is in its ninth year, providing school supplies to children who may not have the money or the access to the materials. Backpacks will be distributed from 9 to 11 a.m. July 29, at the Lebanon Boys & Girls Club, 403 W. Main St., Lebanon. For more information see the Lebanon Reporter.