Pickaway County students at the career center will benefit from a $10,000 donation made to the school recently.

     The donation from Circleville Community United Methodist Church was made possible by a bequest to the church.

     Tad Grover, pastor at the church for six years, said the church investigated how to spend it and wanted to earmark it for outreach purposes.

     “Once the pandemic hit, we thought we could help with some expenses that groups might not have ordinarily.”

     Pickaway-Ross’ priority for the money is to fund driver’s training for Pickaway County students who need it. Remaining funds will assist students with tool kits, work boots and other program-related expenses, said Jason Vesey, director of Secondary Education.

     In addition to Pickaway-Ross, the four school districts in Pickaway County received $10,000.

     “We just saw this as an opportunity to help out,” Grover said.

     The church did not put any stipulations on how the school districts spend the money.

     “We left that to the discretion of the school district,” Grover said, “but we will touch base to see how (the donation) has been helpful.”

     Ross County students were able to take driver’s training through a grant the high school received in 2019.