Disney awards $3.8 million in grants to community

Mickey Mouse attends ceremony at Orlando Science Center

ORLANDO, Fla. - Amid singing and confetti showers, Walt Disney World awarded $3.8 million in grants to dozens of community groups throughout Central Florida.

The awards were granted Wednesday during a show at the Orlando Science Center that included an important guest, Mickey Mouse.

"Part of being a good neighbor is investing in our community ... and we want to make it the strongest community we can," said Nancy Gidusko, Disney's director of community relations.

Mickey Mouse stood alongside children who will be directly impacted by the donations.

"We always invest back into our programs ... investing back into our teachers and our programs," said Julia Young, of Page 15 children's literacy program.

Page 15 was awarded the Bob Allen Award, with $40,000 going to the nonprofit program.

"The $40,000 means the world to us. It means we can continue to offer our programs to up to 500 kids every single year, so $40,000 is shocking," Young said.

Other nonprofit programs were awarded thousands in grant money, including the Boys and Girls Club, the Museum of Arts and schools across Central Florida.

The contributions will impact more than 85,000 children in Central Florida.

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