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Kids Caring for the Community Program awards funds to local elementary schools
Kids Caring for the community is lead by the IKORCC and operates in collaboration with Local Union 1005 in Hobart, Local Union 599 in Hammond, Local Union 1485 in La Porte, Millwrights Local Union 1076 and U.S. Representative Pete Visclosky’s office.
This session’s winning schools include River Forest Intermediate School in Hobart and Kingsbury Elementary School in La Porte. Both schools were awarded with $750 to be used in any way the schools see fit. Jim Slagle, Eric Yuhasz and Scott Cooley of the IKORCC, along with Sara Gutierrez, Principal of George Earle Elementary in Hobart, presented the funds to the winning schools.
Angela Ayer, Assistant Principal at River Forest commented, “River Forest 5th and 6th graders enjoyed making holiday greetings for family members of our local military families. We appreciate the opportunity to reach out to our community in this way. We are grateful for all the Carpenters Union does for local families.”
“Our Student Council and the entire school were thrilled with the award,” said Tara Wilting, Principal at Kingsbury Elementary School. “At this time, the Student Council has tossed around ideas on how to spend the funds, such as a school party, a planning party for the next community event or purchasing supplies to do another fundraiser.”
Cooley commented, “This program is one of our favorites. There is nothing greater than watching schools compete to see who can ‘out give’ each other. It definitely gets you excited about the future of Northwest Indiana!”