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What’s Lunch in the Sun you ask? 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 pool, relax, enjoy a great meal, make a new friend, and participate in fun activities.
The Lunch in the Sun program has flourished in the community and is now being run by local charity organizations feeding the community youth three days a week at the pool. This program takes away the worry many children feel in the summer about being hungry and fuels their summer fun!
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Summer Food Service Program 40th, Red Lodge has been highlighted in the Montana Summer Food Service Program Report Card! Read the full report.
Finding childcare in Red Lodge is a struggle for some families. Affording quality childcare can leave parents in a tight place, forcing some families to choose between childcare and daily expenses. Quality childcare encourages social and emotional growth enabling an easier transition into kindergarten.
The Carbon County Young Families Committee has established The Early Childhood Grant, through the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation. This grant provides funding to early childhood programs families might not otherwise afford.
The advantages gained through early childhood education cannot be made up for later in life. When we invest in children we invest in our future.
Donations to the fund are encouraged, checks can be dropped off at the Foundation or submitted online at www.rlacf.org/donate.
The Grant Committee is accepting applications. You can find a printed application in the entryway of the Foundation or online. The committee honors a 72 hour response time for grant requests. Funding will be given out on a first come, first served basis. Please apply below.
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 call us at The Foundation for more information.
Learn more about the Quaglia School Voice Survey