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Congratulations to our Kindergarten Class of 2012!
On Saturday, August 25th over 120 Way to Grow youngsters assembled at South High School for a Kindergarten Graduation. Now complete with the early learning portion of their education, many of graduating children will stay on with Way to Grow’s Great by Eight program, which continues to offer home visits and curriculum-based educational support outside of the classroom.
Check out the video synopsis of graduation day by clicking above and join us in congratulating Way to Grow’s Kindergarten Class of 2012!
Thanks to Target
We were just selected to receive a portion of the $50 million the company is giving to schools, nonprofits & educators this fall. Their generous $200,000 donation will help us continue supporting Minneapolis children to succeed in school. Learn about Target’s commitment to education and reading: Target.com/hereforgood
Thank you to everyone who joined Way to Grow for our Shine Celebration Gala on June 11.
Way to Grow supporters gather to celebrate the successes of Way to Grow in the last year, and to learn about what the future holds for our great organization. Thank you to all sponsors, table sponsors, auction item donors, volunteers, staff, and The Depot for making our event not only a great success, but wonderful evening for all.
See more event photos on our Way To Grow Facebook page.
Minneapolis Public Schools and Way to Grow Announce “Great by 8”
Way to Grow, in collaboration with the Minneapolis Public Schools, is proud to announce the “Great by 8” initiative, which will expand our services to include public school students from kindergarten to the third-grade, or age 8. The “Great by 8” initiative will take our proven pre-K programming and carry it forward with the leadership of the Minneapolis Public Schools.
Way to Grow makes healthy cooking accessible to families through Cooking Matters.
Way to Grow is collaborating with the University of Minnesota’s Extension Services to bring our families access to Cooking Matters and its specialized nutrition course, Eating Right. The course teaches hands-on meal preparation, practical nutrition information and budgeting skills. Since all WTG Families involved in the program have preschool-aged children, the course has an added emphasis on teaching parents how to ensure that their children get the healthy food they need to grow and thrive. Currently, fifteen families are attending the six-week course, which covers a variety of cooking and food budgeting topics. Each two-hour session allows participants to watch a nutrition educator prepare a healthy meal and the opportunity to cook the same meal themselves. At the end of the session, each family brings home a free bag of groceries so they can prepare the meal at home. What a great way to make eating healthy meaningful, fun, and accessible to all!
Funding, in part, for Cooking Matters was made possible through a grant from the Mount Sinai Community Foundation, a designated endowment of the Minneapolis Jewish Foundation.