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Chili Feed fundraiser at Crosslake Presbyterian

On Sunday, February 14, Crosslake Presbyterian Church is hosting a chili feed as a fundraiser for an upcoming humanitarian service trip to Ninh Thuan Province in Vietnam. The Catalyst Foundation (based in Northfield, Minnesota) has been working for three years in the Hamlet of Suoi Da, an isolated community of Raglai people in highlands of Central Vietnam. The goal is to provide basic health and dental hygiene care, deliver educational supplies, and foster economic independence.

The family of Don Hickman, Sandra Kaplan, and daughter Ellen Hickman are responsible for all of their own travel and accommodation costs; all donations received will go directly to supporting this low-income community and the Catalyst Foundation’s work to fight human trafficking. Donations are tax-deductible and may be made to Crosslake Presbyterian Church.

The luncheon will begin at approximately 11:30 p.m. and include both beef and vegetarian chili, corn bread, and a range of beverages.

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Operation Round Up Donations Distributed

The Crow Wing Power Community Trust Board donated $63,000 to local community programs during their first quarter meeting held in January. Operation Round-Up funds were distributed to the following projects:

$500 to First Lutheran Church Quilters, Little Falls; $3,000 to Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project, Brainerd; $3,000 to Mission Township Firefighters Relief Assoc., Merrifield; $2,500 to Univ. of St. Thomas, Center for Nonprofit Mgmt., St. Paul; $3,500 to Brainerd Lakes Chamber Education; $500 to RSVP Emily Quilters; $2,000 to Kinship of Morrison County, Little Falls; $1,500 to Confidence Learning Center, East Gull Lake; $2,000 to Camp Knutson, Crosslake; $1,000 to Priceless4Purpose, Pequot Lakes; $1,000 to Brainerd High School PAES Lab; $5,000 to Take Heart Program, Brainerd; $500 to Fun Books for Kids, Pequot Lakes; $34,000 to twelve area food shelves; and $3,000 to Private Cooperative Member Crisis Medical Support.

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Faith in Action Volunteers “Promote Possibility”

Concerned about driving on slippery roads? Need to take a short break from caregiving? Wishing there was someone to talk to or visit with during the long, cold winter? Contact Faith in Action for Cass County to meet neighborly volunteers who can help. Everyone qualifies!! There are NO income or age restrictions. You don’t need to be “old” or “poor”. You just need to call ahead to set something up.

Faith in Action Volunteers “promote possibility” by being helpful neighbors and friends. They serve people throughout Cass County with transportation, visiting, home meal delivery, light homemaking and chores, telephone reassurance, and respite for caregivers. Volunteers do not provide medical or hands-on care. Volunteers do provide friendship, safety, security and neighborly help. Faith in Action doesn’t wish to take the place of family and friends who can help out, but we recognize that they can’t always be around and it’s always nice to have another friend or pair of helping hands.

In 2015, over 100 Faith in Action Volunteers provided 5100 hours of assistance, driving over 81,300 miles for 1560 rides. Volunteers befriended over 200 people, filling 170 requests on average each month. Service requests were up 20% over the year before.

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Crosslake School awarded High-Quality Charter designation

Recently Crosslake Community School (CCS) became one of just 35 charter schools in the state to be named a High-Quality Charter School. The award, presented by the Minnesota Department of Education, allows CCS to apply for large grants specifically for charter schools.

There are 164 total charter schools in the state, though only 35 are given the High-Quality Charter School designation. The designation is based on several aspects of school success, including not just academic excellence but also operational performance and financial stability.

One of the measures used by MDE is the school’s ability to close its achievement gap. That means students on the lower end of test scores are gaining ground faster, while students on the higher end continue to excel. Financial stability also plays a part in earning the designation.

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