LCRA, Hamilton County Electric Co-op award $24,548 grant to Lometa ISD
New playground equipment will be available for public use when school is out
Nov. 19, 2020
LOMETA, Texas – The Lometa Independent School District will install new playground equipment at the school, thanks to a $24,548 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Hamilton County Electric Cooperative.
The Community Development Partnership Program grant, along with $6,340 in matching funds, will be used to replace outdated playground equipment at Lometa public schools. Some of the equipment, which is about 25 years old, can no longer be used.
“The new playground will create opportunities for students to engage in play, fitness and group activities, and help develop their social skills,” said David Fisher, Lometa ISD superintendent.
Fisher said the new playground will be on a campus shared by high school, middle school and elementary students.
The school provides the only playground in the small, rural community of Lometa. The next nearest playground is in Lampasas, about 10 miles away.
“We’re thankful to LCRA for helping us purchase new and safer playground equipment for our students and our community,” Fisher said. “It would have been very difficult for us to do on our own.”
Lometa ISD serves 292 students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade in a community of about 900 people. The equipment will be available to the public when not in use by the school in the evenings and weekends.
The community grant is one of 27 grants awarded recently through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program, which helps volunteer fire departments, local governments, emergency responders and nonprofit organizations fund capital improvement projects in LCRA’s wholesale electric, water and transmission service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. Hamilton County Electric Cooperative is one of LCRA’s wholesale electric customers and is a partner in the grant program.
Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted in January. More information is available at lcra.org/cdpp.
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; providing a clean, reliable water supply; and offering outdoor adventures at more than 40 parks along the Colorado River from the Texas Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to fulfilling our mission to enhance the quality of life of the Texans we serve through water stewardship, energy and community service. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934 and receives no state appropriations. For more information, visit lcra.org.