Dover, Ohio (WJER) - The Reeves Foundation has finalized another year of charitable donations, and recipients are showing their appreciation. 

Dover school district Superintendent Carla Birney says the foundation awarded Dover with $180,000 to install a new all-weather track at Crater Stadium. 

“Back in the 1980s, [they] provided funding for our very first all-weather track, and then they have supported us in resurfacing and maintaining that track since then, and it’s just time that we take up the surface and completely put in a new track,” she says.

Birney says the award shows the foundation’s support for the school district and the community they serve.

“I believe that the Reeves Foundation is very good to Dover schools and have been over the years because they believe in our community, they support our youth, and they know that our facilities are also used by community members,” she says.

Meanwhile, the Kent State Tuscarawas University Foundation received nearly $122,000 for new electrical engineering equipment. Department Director Paul Dykshorn says the money will allow them to purchase a fully-operational robot, a large-scale 3D printer and a 3D scanner that are all on the cutting edge of technology.

“It’s a hand-held 3D scanner, so basically you could take apart like an engine block from an old car and scan that in and then produce drawings from which to build another part,” he says.

In total, the foundation awarded more than $1 million dollars in grants this past year to groups like the Tuscarawas County Public Library System for renovations at their main location, Horizons for two new transportation vans, and Mobile Meals for equipment purchases. Those donations bring the amount awarded by the foundation to date to $35.8 million. 


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