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New fund opens up access to extracurricular activities

When money is tight and just putting food on the table is a struggle, it’s impossible to provide things like swimming lessons, summer camp or therapy. That’s the reality some families at 360 Communities Rosemount Family Resource Center face.

Volunteer coordinator Shira Rabinowicz has long wanted a fund to help provide extracurricular activities to school-aged kids at the center but budget restraints just wouldn’t allow it. So the Rosemount Rotary Club stepped in.

Last week, the club presented a $6,000 check to the Family Resource Center to set up the Explore Your Dream Fund. Club president Laura Briggs said the money will give kids the opportunity to experience opportunities like art classes, sports and summer camp.

“It’s really an amazing way to help…. It gives kids an opportunity to explore their dreams,” Briggs said.

Rosemount Rotary raised the money through their annual Irish for a Day Soiree. Briggs said the idea to create the fund came about six months ago and the club worked to find a way to make it happen.

The idea came up last summer when several members of the Family Resource Center Girl Scout troop wanted to attend camp. The club donated funds to send the girls and that got the ball rolling.

“The girls came back with the greatest stories…. Stories that will last a lifetime,” said Rabinowicz.

On a practical note, Rabinowicz said the opportunity also provided some important life lessons for the girls. Specifically, she said they learned about teamwork and leadership.

Many activities engage youth, and Rabinowicz said that engagement is something a lot of the kids at the resource center are missing. Rabinowicz added by providing extracurricular opportunities they hope to spark new interests and to keep kids out of trouble.

This summer, Rabinowicz hopes to offer several field trips for kids. In the past it’s been difficult to offer field trips because of transportation concerns. The fund will make it possible to hire transportation.

“I’m excited,” Rabinowicz said. “I think this will be good and provide a lot of opportunities.”

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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