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The Nicki's Gift Foundation
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The Nicki’s Gift Foundation

The Nicki’s Gift Foundation was created in October 2006 in memory of Nicole Diane Nye (“Nicki”) to exclusively benefit children with special needs, along with assisting those educators charged with teaching special needs children in the Kent City School System (KCSS). Nicki’s Gift, in part, is dedicated to promoting the concept of “inclusion” whereby children with special needs are included in the regular educational environment and culture in a variety of ways. As a one-time head of the department overseeing these children, Nicki originated and then advocated through her body of work the need to include these children into the regular classroom whenever possible.

Nicki’s Gift provides direct support in two ways. First, Nicki’s Gift provides grants to teachers to aid their efforts in advancing these children as they move through the school system and then on to graduation. Special attention will be given to those teachers requesting grants that address the concept of inclusion. Second, Nicki’s Gift provides scholarships to select graduating seniors that have overcome these challenges to learning and consequently have the desire to seek additional education with a school of higher learning.

In Memoriam

“I’ll lend you for a little while, a child of mine,” He Said,
“For you to love while she lives, and to mourn for when she’s dead.

It may be for six or seven years, or sixty two or three,
but will you, till I call her back, take care of her for me?

She’ll bring her charms to gladden you, and should her stay be brief,
you’ll have her lovely memories, as solace for your grief.

I cannot promise she will stay, since all from earth return,
but there are lessons taught down there I want this child to learn.

I’ve looked the wide world over in my search for teachers true,
and from the throngs that crowd life’s lanes, I have selected you.

Now will you give her all your love?
Nor think the labor vain?
Nor hate me when I come to call, to take her back again?

I fancied that I heard you say, ‘Dear Lord thy will be done.’
For all the joy this child shall bring, the risk of grief we’ll run.

We’ll shelter her with tenderness, We’ll love her while we may.
and for the happiness we’ve known, forever grateful we’ll stay.

But should the angels call for her, much sooner than we’ve planned.
We’ll brave the grief that comes, and try to understand.”

Nicki’s Gift Foundation Events

2012 Golf Outing

2010 Golf Outing- Over $15,300 raised!

2009 Golf Outing- Over $12,500 raised!

Thank you to our sponsors!

Gerry & Clarence Soltesz
The Graber Family
Unmistakably Premier Homes
Active Senior Management, Inc.

Doyle Insurance Group

Gary F. Raab, NFG Principal
C.W. Burgett Co., LPA
Blackburn Insurance
Advanced Settlements
Welcome Funds, Inc.
Dave & Lisa Blackburn

Richard & Anne Glins
Perry & Clara Matz
Darryl & Hattie Byers
Pat’s Computer
Raytec Systems
Printing Concepts
Robert & Irene Burkhart
Richard & Anne Glins
Darrol & Hattie Byers
Western Reserve Vision Care

James Ina
Moore Well Services, Inc.
Bob & Punky Jeffrey
Frank Nagorney, Cowden & Humprey Co., LPA
Western Reserve Vision Care

Rosenbaum & Associates, CPAs
Jim Fleming
Raytech Systems
Bill & Jean Wallace

The Ohlson Group
Turek Family Trust
Pauline Force
Jean Schwab
Edith Kyle
Richard McBride
Rosenbaum & Associates, Inc.
layman Layman, D’Atri & Associates, LLC
Nahra Consulting, Inc.
Paul & Virginia Nygren
Thomas Heyn
Karen Fuller
Viola Jaros
Myron Elliott
David Abdo
Aaron & Robin Hido
Dennis & Jean Byrne
Irene Nye
Jerry & Pat Witt
Rose Dostal
Covalence LLC
Terry & Heather Gaffney
Jean Schwab
Pat’s Computer Rescue
Paul & Virginia Nygren
Viola Jaros
Taylor Insurance Group
Michael P. Harvey, Esq.


KSS Print, Inc.
Bartisal & Sommer Families
427 Design
Jim & Joan Proud
Perry & Clara Matz
Punky & Bob Jeffrey
Jim Flemming
Edward & Alberta Synk
Jean Schwab
Ohio National Financial Services
Taylor Insurance Group
Austin & Elinor Carosello
William Taylor
Don Joseph Toyota
Star of The West Milling Co.
Century 21 Wilbur Realty
Dr. Myron Elliott
Juliana Turek
American Midwest Mortgage

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