More MN Children are Ready for Kindergarten

This is an encouraging article, that shows that the work of the Early Childhood Initiatives across Minnesota are making a difference!
Thanks Brad Kramer for sharing it with us.

Kindergarten, Here we Come (Marshall Independent Review) – December 13, 2013
Department of Education says more Minnesota children — nearly 73 percent of them — are ready for kindergarten but acknowledges more work needs to be done

New Park Equipment Added in Lake Lillian

We are thrilled to announce that this past summer, new park equipment was added to the Lake Lillian City Park, that is specific to kids ages 0-5.

The new park equipment includes:

  • A two seat buck-a-bout (like a teeter totter but they just bounce instead of going way up and down)
  • A triple shoot which kind of like a basketball hoop only its for little kids and has three “hoops”
  • A park bench as right now there is only one bench in the playground area.

Each city of Bird Island, Olivia, and Lake Lillian have the opportunity to be awarded a $2000 (must be matched) grant to upgrade or buy new playground equipment for their community. Lake Lillian has matched the grant, and we anticipate that Bird Island and Olivia will take advantage of these matching grant funds for playground equipment in 2014.

Take a look at the fun new playground equipment below!

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If you are interested in helping the BOLD ECI complete more great projects like this and others, we would be honored with your donation –  Please Click here.