Grant allows Fry to choose up to $4,000 in projects to fund

Putnam County ­- The ROTC program at Cookeville High School has been awarded a $4,000 grant from Utrust in recognition of Dawn Fry, Vice-Chair of the Putnam County School Board, in honor of her service on the Utrust Board of Trustees. Cookeville High School JROTC received these funds as a scholarship in honor of former 15-year-old cadet Olivia Taylor, a sophomore at Upperman High School.   

“Dawn Fry has been a tremendous member of the Utrust Board for six years,” said Utrust Administrator Dr. Dan Tollett. “She is one of two Middle Tennessee representatives that serve on the Utrust Board. She has helped to implement and oversee several excellent programs, including the mini-grant program, which has provided a million dollars to Tennessee schools in the last five years. We are delighted to be able to fund these grants as a token of our appreciation for her service.”

The Utrust Trustee Choice grant allows Fry to choose up to $4,000 in projects she wishes to fund. She chose the JROTC program because she wanted to honor the memory of Olivia Taylor and the fact she was an active cadet in the JROTC program. 

“I’m pleased to be in a position to provide special funds for one of our school programs and, in this case, one of our students,” said Fry. “It’s a joy to serve on the Putnam County School Board, and I welcome every opportunity to enhance school programs and promote and recognize students.”

Putnam County Superintendent Corby King understands what Fry brings to the PCSS.

“Our board is fortunate to have Dawn Fry as a member,” said King, “She consistently seeks ways to help strengthen our schools and programs. We appreciate her recognizing the memory of one of our deserving students.”

Utrust is an organization that assists school systems in Tennessee with unemployment issues and recognizes, supports and appreciates school employees. It sponsors the Utrust Appreciation Program, a student leadership program that seeks to help students identify and express appreciation for people who improve their lives daily.

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