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Pana Sacred Heart School recipient of $10,000 donation from Shelby Electric Coop

Sacred Heart School in Pana received an early Christmas gift, courtesy of Shelby Electric Cooperative (SEC) and its participation in CoBanks Sharing Success program. On Wednesday, Dec. 15, school officials and students received a check for $10,000 from representatives at SEC and CoBank.
“The school was in the need of some additional funds to meet the needs of updates to both the school building and academic tools for the classroom. This was a perfect fit for SEC and the CoBank Sharing Success program,” noted SEC President/CEO Josh Shallenberger.
“Sacred Heart is in need of updated computers, network equipment, and security cameras so we can stay current with technology which benefits our classrooms and students.  This donation will go along way in helping us with our needs,” explained School Board President Joni Beyers. “We are so excited and very appreciative of this donation from the cooperative,” continued Beyers.
SEC’s $5,000 donation was matched by CoBank through its Sharing Success program. Sharing Success was established in 2012 to celebrate the International Year of the Cooperative. Since the program’s inception, CoBank and its customers have together provided more than $56 million in support to charitable organizations across the nation.
Sacred Heart School has a mission to provide students with opportunities to live by the Catholic faith both spiritually, and academically. Their school serves Pre-K through 8th grade and is open to both parishioners and non-parishioners. The current enrollment is just under 130 students from the Pana, Oconee, and surrounding areas.
Aaron Johnson, Vice President of CoBank, said “We have been doing this program since 2012. We set aside $3 million every year and receive applications from April 1 to October 1, and match dollar for dollar for our members up to $5,000 each. It all goes to improving rural America. We are proud to be part of this.
Since the inception of CoBank’s Sharing Success program, the cooperative has received matching dollars for donations to the Shelbyville Fire Department, the Roxy Theatre, Shelby County Veteran’s Fund, the Shelby County CEO’s program, the Taylorville Development Association, Shelby County Dive Team, and Meridian Ag Foundation to name a few.
CoBank, headquartered just outside Denver Col., is a member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of banks and retail lending institutions chartered to support the borrowing needs of U.S. agriculture, rural infrastructure, and rural communities.
Shelby Electric Cooperative (SEC), headquartered in Shelbyville, is a member of Touchstone Energy — a national alliance of local, consumer-owned electric cooperatives providing high standards of service to members large and small. More than 700 Touchstone Energy cooperatives in 46 states deliver energy and energy solutions to more than 30 million members every day. The co-op serves more than 10,000 meters over 2,203 miles of line in parts of Christian, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Macon, Montgomery, Moultrie, Sangamon and Shelby counties. For more information visit

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