Family Fun: Post-It Note Games 800 350 Maren Nelson

Family Fun: Post-It Note Games

Keep learning year-round with indoor actives like this! Sent to us by our Preschool Pals teachers, you can adapt the game to different skill levels. You will need: A blank wall or door (or even the front of the refrigerator), sticky notes, marker.  Step 1:Write each letter of the alphabet on a different sticky note, and put them…

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Donations Made in Honor of Black History Month 2560 1707 Maren Nelson

Donations Made in Honor of Black History Month

We were thrilled to learn our wonderful Family Educator Collette was selected to receive over 350 school supplies and books from the Kids in Need Foundation (KINF), sponsored by PNC Financial Services Group! In honor of Black History Month, PNC provided diverse and age-appropriate books, in addition to the many school supplies we received from KINF. These amazing donations are now making their way…

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Masking Up Thanks to Hmong American Partnership 3334 1459 Maren Nelson

Masking Up Thanks to Hmong American Partnership

Last week, Way to Grow received a large donation of face masks and hand sanitizer from our community partner, the Hmong American Partnership! Making sure our families and children are healthy and safe is very important to us, and this generous gift allows us to extend a helping hand to families who may not have accesses…

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Living Generously: Where there’s a will, there’s a way 3334 1459 Kim Bowman

Living Generously: Where there’s a will, there’s a way

Did you know that on average, Americans update their will or trust every seven years? Changes to personal and family circumstances may mean that prior plans are no longer current and need to be updated to ensure that everything is in order as you intend.   Why have a will? A will helps you provide gifts for loved ones after…

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Happy Valentine’s Day! 800 800 Maren Nelson

Happy Valentine’s Day!

We think the world could use a little more love. This year, Way to Grow has a Valentine Wish—to spread joy and love to our community! We enlisted the help of our preschoolers to share their thoughts on love. Our hope is that they remind you love is about the little things we do for…

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Family Fun: Cheerio Bird Feeders 3334 1459 Way to Grow

Family Fun: Cheerio Bird Feeders

It can be hard to find fun activities to keep kids busy indoors during the cold winter months. Tap into their creativity and watch some local wildlife together with these bird feeders!  You will need: Cheerios, floral wire or pipe cleaners, ribbon or string for hanging Step 1:Shape your wire first – our example uses hearts, but…

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Meet our newest Board Member, Luis Moreno! 3334 1459 Maren Nelson

Meet our newest Board Member, Luis Moreno!

Tell us about yourself! I have over 20 years of corporate experience in marketing, strategy and communications at multiple Fortune 500 companies. I have worked in multiple industries, including marine, powersports, outdoor power equipment, hospitality, healthcare, food, foodservice, food ingredients, and banking, among others. I have an MBA in marketing and strategy from the Carlson…

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Thank you, Barnes & Noble! 3334 1459 Maren Nelson

Thank you, Barnes & Noble!

Way to Grow recently received over 1,403 books from a Barnes & Noble holiday book drive at their Mall of America location. These beautiful new books were sorted by age level, making it easy for our Family Educators to distribute much needed books to the families they serve. We are so thankful for companies like Barnes & Noble…

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Welcome, New Staff! 3334 1459 Maren Nelson

Welcome, New Staff!

Meet our new Family Educator, Roxanne! What brings you to Way to Grow? I have felt aligned with values of Way to Grow’s mission and vision for some time now. After a friend mentioned Way to Grow in conversation about a month ago, I was happy to find, apply for, and accept a position that…

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Meeting Challenges this Season: Nimo’s Story 3334 1459 Way to Grow

Meeting Challenges this Season: Nimo’s Story

Nimo and her family have been working with Way to Grow for over 10 years, with the help of their dedicated and enthusiastic Family Educator, Shamsa. Three of Nimo’s six children have been enrolled in Way to Grow, and Nimo can see the difference between their performance in school and the older children, who were not…

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State of Way to Grow: 2019 Annual Report & 2020 Update 800 350 Way to Grow

State of Way to Grow: 2019 Annual Report & 2020 Update

A letter from our CEO, Carolyn Smallwood 2019 was a big year for Way to Grow. Not only did we celebrate our 30th anniversary, we built a solid foundation for our programming by implementing the Parents as Teachers curriculum, integrating three internal database systems, maintaining our metrics, and expanding the number of schools reached by…

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Living Generously: Helpful tax hints for 2020 gifts 3334 1459 Kim Bowman

Living Generously: Helpful tax hints for 2020 gifts

Now is the perfect time to support Way to Grow’s vision to ensure every child has an opportunity to succeed in school and life – and enjoy extra tax benefits for your generosity.  Taxpayers who don’t itemize gifts on their tax returns can receive up to a $300 tax deduction for 2020 gifts. Taxpayers who do itemize…

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