HONESDALE – The Michael J. Bryant Endowment Fund recently received a donation from the Wayne Highlands Education Association (WHEA).

It was the recipient of the 2015 Community Outreach Program Grant for the month of February.

WHEA President Todd Miller presented the Michael J. Bryant Endowment Fund with $1,100. Emily Bryant Montgomery accepted the donation on behalf of her family.

“This is the third year the faculty and staff at Wayne Highlands School District have participated in this Community Outreach Program, which is funded by teachers and support staff donating $50 per year to dress down one day each month,” Miller said in a release.

The fund are divided evenly between six to eight local nonprofit groups.

The Michael J. Bryant Memorial Fund was established in 2008 in memory of the Calkins Creamery co-owner.

“During his life, Mike overcame many problems caused by developmental disabilities, giving him a special sensitivity to people who had such needs,” stated Miller. “He also was devoted to his community, volunteering his time to the local fire company.”

The Endowment Fund assists Wayne County citizens with special needs or developmental disabilities acquire goods and services in order to maximize their potential. To date, over $7,150 has been awarded.

“The Memorial Fund continues to grow with contributions from family, friends, Herd the Curd 5K run/walk and the sales of Smoke Signal, a cheese sold by Calkins Creamery in Mike’s memory,” Miller said. “WHEA joins with the wider community in wishing much continued success to the Michael J. Bryant Endowment Fund and thanks them for the valuable work they do in our community.”

The fund is administered by the Wayne County Community Foundation, 214 Ninth St. Honesdale, PA 18431. This will be the sixth year community grants will be awarded.

Information from a release was used in this story.