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Great Expectations campaign


Despite our exceptional schools, an estimated 500 preschool children and 1,500 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, parent education, summer camp and extra-curricular activity scholarships, and hundreds of backpacks stuffed with school supplies. 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.

2020 Campaign Dates: July 1-aug. 31

I want to change the odds for our kids!

thank you for your support

The Great Expectations (GE) Initiative is changing kids’ lives, one child at a time, and your support makes that possible. You helped provide backpacks with fresh supplies, access to high-quality early childhood care and education, and athletic and arts enrichment opportunities.

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.

Interfaith Outreach goes curbside during COVID-19.

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