For the past two years, the city of Wapakoneta’s general fund expenditures totaled approximately $4 million, and in the past two years, the city has gained nearly $1 million in Safe Routes to Schools grant money — an impressive number to two city leaders.
Councilors-at-large Dan Graf and Tom Finkelmeier Jr. pointed out those grants represent nearly 25 percent of the city’s annual $2 million general fund budget, which pays primarily for safety-services and roads.
A Wapakoneta High School teacher plans to use products she won through a grant to better her classroom and curriculum.
Math intervention specialist Michelle Knippen received third-place for an essay she wrote for the grant, earning $200 worth of product from the Friends Business Source catalog.
Items she requested, which she said would aid her in her teaching are two magnetic pizzas for working on fractions, two containers of outdoor chalk, 10 packs of index cards, and two packs of sticky notes.
A Wapakoneta High School top student plans to turn her fascination with the sky into a career.
Mallory McDevitt, a senior at Wapakoneta High School, plans to study electrical engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, in Terre Haute, Ind., in the fall.
“I would like to work with airplanes, and the building and designing of them,” McDevitt said. “I have a big fascination with the sky. And with being a pole vaulter, I like the idea of flying.”