Evart announces start of Promise Plus
EVART — The Evart Promise Plus organization announced it began fundraising during the Evart Public Schools homecoming tailgate on Friday.
Similar to the Baldwin or Kalamazoo promises, Evart Promise Plus seeks to provide funds for Evart students to be used toward a post-secondary education, according to Breanne Grabill, Evart Promise Plus president.
“Talk of a promise program started a few years ago,” Grabill said.
Grabill said steps were taken in February of this year to begin making Evart Promise Plus a nonprofit organization. The Evart Promise Plus is working with the Osceola County Foundation for its funding campaign. Grabill said there will be many opportunities to donate funds for the organization, including pledges, sponsorships and cans set up at area businesses.
“Fifty cents or a dollar donated at restaurants helps,” she said. “The more we fundraise, the more we can help.”
There is not a set dollar amount each student will get or for which graduating class the promise will begin being distributed. However, Grabill noted the “promise plus” portion of the organization is aimed at integrating post-secondary education readiness in the district’s curriculum.
“College readiness really starts in preschool and kindergarten, so it’s not something we can just do in high school,” she said. “One of the struggles of this is some students have the mindset of not going to college.”
“I have students who don’t think about going to college,” High School Principal Jessica Kolenda added. “I don’t want a financial barrier to stop our students.
“I want what our mission is, ‘a community where all Evart Public School graduates have an equal opportunity for post-secondary education.’ I think this is a way for our community to be involved.”