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GREAT EXPECTATIONS initiative

 

Great Expectations is an exciting, outcome-driven initiative that coordinates the efforts of our excellent Wayzata and Orono school districts with the goodwill and resources of our community so that every single child has the cradle-to-career support needed to succeed in school and community and life.

It will take all of us. Parents, neighbors, educators, faith communities, child care and social service providers, health systems, civic and community groups and YOU!

Here are just a few examples of the amazing work already in progress:

Last year, 185 of our littlest learners gained access to quality early childhood care and education through Caring for Kids scholarships, giving them a strong academic start

  • 764 kids went to class with backpacks stuffed with the same school supplies as their classmates
  • 148 amazing adult volunteers helped 185 students improve literacy skills and discover the joy of reading through Wayzata Public School’s Literacy Program
  • Homework Clubs and summer enrichment activities in the Wayzata School District and the Orono School’s SPARKS program helped 162 kids gain and retain critical learning skills 67 educators, parents and community members participated in Action Teams to identify opportunities for all of us to pitch in to write better futures for the kids in our community

We want ALL of our kids to make it – each and every child, all along the way, cradle to career. We know that our collective impact has made a critical difference for many of our kids, and that together we have the power to make that difference for all of them. To learn more, download these helpful and educational Great Expectations (GE) resources:

Want to play a role in this important work? Check out opportunities to volunteer with youth. Further questions about Great Expectations? Contact Matt Miller at mmiller@iocp.org.