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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!

Amazing results of GE partnerships are coming to life:

51 listening sessions

GE volunteers listened to parents, case managers, school district leaders, students, school social workers, property managers, health care professionals, community leaders and others to identify the nature and scale of the educational opportunity and achievement gap of our kids.

GE Speaker Series

Expert speakers shared compelling research and community best practices that help kids thrive.

Interfaith Outreach programs

Caring for Kids: 185 of our littlest learners gained access to quality early childhood care and education
Back to School: nearly 800 kids went to class with backpacks filled with supplies
Neighborhood Program After-school program: 161 youth worked with 100 volunteer mentors during the school year fostering success
Neighborhood Program Summer Leaders: 107 youth participated in an 8-week summer camp experience

School district programs

PEAK: (Wayzata Public Schools) 25 families participated in parent education classes that helped them navigate the school systems and support their children’s learning
SPARKS: (Orono Public Schools) after-school homework help and relationship building opportunities hosted by local faith communities

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. Check out our GE infographic, GE print newsletter, and the July-September fundraising campaign that helps make this work possible:

Want to play a role in this important work? Check out opportunities to volunteer with youth. Further questions about Great Expectations? Contact LaDonna Hoy by emailing her assistant, Andie, at