Lunch in the Sun is a program that helps ensure that youth (up to 18 years old) receive a nutritious meal in the summer months when school is not in session. The program invites youth of all ages to come to the park, relax, enjoy a great meal, make a new friend, and participate in fun activities.
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Finding childcare in Red Lodge is a struggle for some families. Quality childcare is not cheap, and can leave parents in a tight place. Some families have to choose between life’s essentials and keeping their kids in a childcare program. When this happens, the child suffers – without socialization and time spent learning “hard skills,” kindergarten can be overwhelming and difficult.
The Early Childhood Committee has created several options to help inform families of resources and funds for assistance. The committee is also collaborating with child care professionals in our area to better connect the resources with the community.
The Early Childhood Committee hosted its first Childhood Resource Fair. The fair provided families easy access to child development resources, government assistance programs, summer camps, and childcare and daycare sign ups. Overall, 35 volunteers helped connect 26 families (28 kids and 46 parents) to 17 different vendors over the course of the 4 hour event.
Understanding that, for some families, paying for childcare can be a daunting task, the Carbon County Young Families Committee has established The Early Childhood Grant, through the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation. This grant will help provide funding to enhance the developmental and educational opportunities in a supportive environment, for young children and families in need.
Children are our future. As the next generation, they will influence economic development, tax rates, business development, whether or not we go to war, and who will be president. An investment in them now is an investment in their future, and in our future.
The Grant Committee is accepting applications. The applications are simple and non-invasive. You can find a printed application in the entryway of the Foundation or online. The committee is committed to a 72 hour response time to all grant requests. Funding will be given out on a first come, first served basis. Click here to Apply for the Early Childhood Grant.
Donations to the fund are encouraged, checks can be dropped off at the Foundation or submitted online at www.rlacf.org/donate.
Our school district achieves a high percentage of students who graduate, as well as supporting undergraduate programs around Montana and nationally. The goal of Youth Career Readiness is to boost Red Lodge’s career readiness efforts by partnering with local businesses and the schools to create a means for students to explore and gain hands-on experience in vocational opportunities that may suit them.
With your help, we can grant our students access to ‘the real world’ of productive employment and, hopefully, discover their passion!
Spaces to Learn is a project to bring Roosevelt Middle School into the 21st century of learning. Roosevelt Middle School currently serves 127 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Students spend over 7 hours a day within the walls of our school. The mission of Spaces to Learn is to create an environment and culture that students not only enjoy being in, but they want to be in it!
To achieve the Spaces to Learn goal, students were given a Quaglia School Voice Survey, which measured 8 conditions: Belonging, Heroes, Sense of Accomplishment, Fun & Excitement, Curiosity & Creativity, Spirit of Adventure, Leadership & Responsibility, and Confidence to Take Action. The results reflected well on the school, however, only 52.3% of middle school students reported “I enjoy being at school.” We have worked closely with staff at the school and we have determined that building a broadcast studio in the middle school would be beneficial to the whole school and help improve it in places where the student survey indicated improvements could be made.
Costs to bring this broadcast studio to Roosevelt are projected to be between $40,000-$50,000. While we are making strides towards that goal, we ask that anyone interested in empowering our Red Lodge youth and helping take the next step on improving our community’s education for years to come, please contact Brooke Klaess at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at The Foundation for more information.
Learn more about the Quaglia School Voice Survey
Imagine all your friends are going to the city pool, on the class trip, or getting their drivers licenses but your family doesn’t have the extra income. Instead of missing out on crucial development activities (academic or social), the Youth Enrichment Fund steps in to aid kids with the desire to participate but not the funding.
In 2014, 44 kids in Carbon County received $6,156 to swim, swing, draw, and play their way to a brighter future. Since inception, the fund has provided 97 kids with $12,461 in opportunities.