The Jasper County Gifting and Engagement Member Society (GEMS) met June 20 and voted to award Quarter 2 funds to the Newton Christian Preschool. The preschool will use funds to purchase playground mulch, fencing and awning materials for the opening of the school this Fall. For more information about the preschool program contact the Newton Christian School. The Thirty Acre Park Riders presented a program at the meeting and garnered awareness for a much anticipated addition to the Newton Parks amenities. More information about the Thirty Acre Park is available from Joe Urias at Mojo Cycling in downtown Newton. Participation in Jasper County GEMS is available on Facebook or by reaching out to Vicki Wade at 641-521-5775.