Nashwauk Area Community Fund invests in community by investing in youth

March 20, 2019

Groups dedicated to enriching the lives of area youth received funding from the Nashwauk Area Community Fund during the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation Annual Grant Cycle.

 

“Our Community Fund was established almost two decades ago and continues to grow and give back to our community,” says Brian Gangl, Chair of the Nashwauk Area Community Fund Advisory Committee. “It is the generous donors in our community that allow us to invest in projects that improve the quality of life for the Nashwauk Area.”

 

ISD #319 Spartan After School Fun Club extends educational day for students

 

PHOTO: (Back row right) Brian Gangl, Chair, Nashwauk Area Community Fund presents the Spartan After School Fun Club with a $5,000 grant.

 

The Spartan After School Fun Club provides enrichment and quality supervision for children from kindergarten to sixth grade after school. Daily events include academics, enrichment, fun activities, and a daily snack.

 

The program provides all children a safe, supervised location after school and is open four days per week until 5:30 pm. The Fun Club is a safe place that provides support and enrichment opportunities to improve academic outcomes, social-emotional learning, and healthy behaviors, for all students. The Spartan After School Fun Club furnishes a healthy snack, homework help, and tutoring and fun STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities. Other opportunities for fun and development include learning about healthy lifestyles and the opportunity to build a relationship with a caring adult.

 

“Having opportunities to build healthy relationships with adults outside of the family is so important to the growth of young people,” remarks Sarah Copeland, Director of Grants and Programs at the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation. “SPARK, a local organization dedicated to the success of all Itasca Area students, recently conducted a comprehensive Youth Voice survey. Across all area communities, students reported low rates of opportunities to make these adult connections. As adults, we all have occasions to reach out to young people, and the Spartan After School Fun Club is a substantial way to show our young people how they matter to our communities.” Copeland is keen about the importance of relationships and notes, “It is important to let growing young people know they are important as individuals, but it is imperative to show them they matter to the health and future of our community! I commend the Nashwauk Area Community Fund for investing in the health and well-being of their community by investing in their youth.”

 

The After School Fun Club received $5,000 from the Nashwauk Area Community Fund through the Annual Grant Cycle.

 

GNK Titans Cross Country Booster Club supports athletes

 

PHOTO: Brian Gangl, Chair, Nashwauk Area Community Fund (far left) and Robin Gangl, Secretary, Nashwauk Area Community Fund, present $1,000 grant to the GNK Titans Cross Country Club.

 

The GNK Titans Cross Country Booster Club supports the Greenway/Nashwauk cross country team. They will use funding this year to purchase team warm ups. The team warm ups will belong to the program, not to individual athletes to extend the use of the items and enable them to be used in future years. The goal is to purchase 30 sets.

 

The club also raises funds by parking cars at the fair, selling brats at football games, and promoting pledges for summer running.

 

The GNK Cross Country Booster Club received $1,000 from the Nashwauk Area Community Fund through the Annual Grant Cycle.

 

Nashwauk-Keewatin High School promotes Character Challenge

 

PHOTO: Robin Gangl, Nashwauk Area Community Fund (center) presents a grant to the NK Spanish Club.

 

The Nashwauk-Keewatin High School will gift each student and NKHS staff member with a SPARTAN STRONG shirt. The message on the back of the shirt supports the Character Challenge theme of -SCHOLARSHIP, SPORTSMANSHIP, SERVICE, SYNERGY, and SUCCESS.

 

The school will support the Character Challenge throughout the year with follow-up lessons that are integrated in classrooms. Students and staff will wear their SPARTAN STRONG spirit wear every Friday!  The school received $563.00 from the Nashwauk Area Community Fund through the Annual Grant Cycle.

 

Nashwauk Area Community Fund provides support to help the students of the N-K Spanish Club travel to Puerto Rico.

The N-K Spanish Club is dedicated to students who have the desire to learn Spanish and continue learning through cultural travel. Eight students from the N-K Spanish Club will be traveling to Puerto Rico in June, 2019.

 

The Nashwauk Area Community Fund awarded $1,000 to help the students with their Puerto Rico trip costs.

 

 

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