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Great Expectations campaign


Despite our exceptional schools, an estimated 500 preschool children and 1,600 K-12 kids are not achieving critical educational benchmarks that set them on the path to success in school and in life. Most are children of color. Many live in poverty. There is an unacceptable educational opportunity and achievement gap in our community — a gap that Great Expectations is designed to close.

Nearly 44% of the people Interfaith Outreach serves are children. These amazing kids and their families have high hopes and dreams — they simply need a little bit of support to help reach their full potential.

Your gift will help us close the gap and create Great Expectations for all our kids.

The Great Expectations campaign supports local kids by funding youth education programs, including early childhood education, out-of-school-time learning opportunities and mentoring programs. It also provides nearly 800 kids with backpacks and school supplies so they arrive ready to learn in the fall. The goal is to ensure that each and every child has the necessary support, from cradle to career, to succeed in school and in life.

2018 Campaign Dates: July 1-SEPT. 30

GOAL: $260,000

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I want to change the odds for our kids!

Here are some examples of your investment at work:

  • $88 preps a backpack full of school supplies and equips a child for a fresh start back to school
  • $300 pays for fees and equipment so one child can participate in a sport or activity
  • $1,266 helps a child gain and retain learning skills through eight weeks of summer camp
  • $5,000 keeps an after-school program operating for a school year
  • $16,080 funds one full-year Caring for Kids scholarship providing access to early childhood care and education for one little learner

About the Great Expectations Initiative

Great Expectations is a collaborative school and community initiative designed to close the educational opportunity and achievement gap of kids in our community from cradle to career. Its anchor partners are Interfaith Outreach and the Wayzata and Orono School Districts.