Jason Koger presented a $500 check from the Jason Koger Foundation to every elementary school in the Daviess County School and Owensboro Public School systems this morning.
Each year after the Handing Back event, the Koger Foundation board meets to decide where to donate the money. “This year, the board decided to donate to the Backpack Program and Angel Tree (Christmas Wish) programs in the schools, so we are donating $500 to every county and city elementary school.”
Koger then presented a check that will benefit the 12 DCPS elementary schools and five OPS elementary schools that serve children and families in the two districts. Family Resource Centers provide assistance and connect parents with resources in our community that offer services that make it possible for children to focus on learning in the classroom. Family Resource Centers also ensure children have appropriate clothing and school supplies, coordinate health screenings and medical referrals, and serve as a liaison between families and services such as rent and utility assistance and food pantries.
“This is about giving back. We appreciate what you do for the kids in your school, maybe next year we can do some more,” Koger told the room full of Family Resource and Youth Service Center coordinators.
Koger lost both arms below the elbow when he came in contact with a live electrical line while riding a four-wheeler in 2008. Since then, he has been fitted with bionic limbs, currently utilizing the i-limb Quantum, an upper-limb prosthetic that allows the user more control over pressure and dexterity.
Koger’s annual “Handing Back” event raises money for charity while also serving as an opportunity to demonstrate how an individual can overcome obstacles with a positive attitude and support from family, friends, and community. “This is my way to give back to this community that rallied around me and my family so much during my accident – financially, bringing us meals and every aspect you can imagine,” Koger said.