Students at the Iowa Juvenile-Home / State Training School for Girls in Toledo are going to have new tennis and basketball courts for use next year.
Carol Thompson, president of the Iowa Juvenile Foundation, and Deb Hanus, IJH / Training School superintendent, announced last week a donation totaling $159,698 has been received from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust to pay for the new facilities.
"The planning phase has begun and site preparation and construction will be next spring, so students will be able to use the courts next summer," Thompson said in an email.
A new outdoor tennis -basketball courts complex is planned for the area south of the track (foreground) in this view looking northward on the Iowa Juvenile Home / State Training School for Girls campus in Toledo. It will be paid for by private funds from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust. Chronicle/John Speer
The Foundation's mission is to provide for student needs which are not in the state budget according to Thompson.
"This improvement will allow for better activities for our youth and assist in promoting healthy recreation which will help our young people develop healthier lifestyles for their future. We are very pleased and thankful for the ongoing advocacy of the Foundation and Carver's support for the youth that we serve," Hanus said in an email.
Currently there are 45 girls and 12 boys cared for at the facility.
The new courts will be located south of the athletic track on the which is located south of the campus building complex.
"The planning phase has begun and site preparation and construction will be next spring, so students will be able to use the courts next summer," Thompson wrote.
About the Carver Trust
The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust is one of the largest private philanthropic foundations in the state of Iowa with assets of more than $250 million and annual grant distributions of over $12 million. It was created through the will of Roy J. Carver, a Muscatine industrialist and philanthropist, who died in 1981.
In the early 1950s, he launched Carver Foundry Products to supply the molds for his pump company. Then in the late 1950s and 1960s, he started the Bandag Company in Muscatine, a business that eventually became the world's largest producer of tire retread materials and equipment for the transportation industry.
Since 1995, the Trust has supported a limited number of youth recreational projects within a five-county area of eastern Iowa and western Illinois. Efforts receiving Trust support have typically involved the construction or renovation of athletic facilities situated on school or municipal property, such as running tracks, soccer fields and baseball diamonds.