C-G-D 4th and 5th graders again ‘pay-it- forward’ with grant-funded projects

Miss Lloyd’s 5th-grade class visited the residents of The Meadows Independent Living for their Project Jack activity. The student purchased games with their grant money and brought the games to share that day AND left the games for the residents to play in the days ahead. Meadows Leader Carla Kem said about the project: “What an awesome legacy for young Jack who lost his life too soon!” Photo submitted.

The 4th and 5th-grade classes at Clarion-Goldfield-Dows have been busy lately with some special projects. The students are not only toiling away in the classroom looking forward to the end of the school year, but they have also had the chance to participate in some charitable activities, thanks to a grant that the school was awarded called Project Jack.

The grants memorialize Jack Lindaman, a boy who died at age 6 of spinal muscular atrophy in 2010. The grants are given by the Iowa Association of Realtors, who wants students to “pay it forward” in Jack’s memory. C-G-D Elementary Guidance Counselor Sarah Kakacek explains that this is the third year the school has received Project Jack funds.

4th and 5th-grade classes are eligible for the grant and go through an application process. When awarded, each class receives $250 to use for a project. The grant’s requirements explain that with the grant moneys, the classes must choose “a pay it forward type of project. It must benefit another person or go to an organization that is helping Iowans in need.”

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