C-G-D 5th graders pay it forward with Project Jack

Fifth grade students show off their tie blankets with Sheriff Jason Schluttenhofer, whose department will now have some of the dignity duffels available for kids in transition.

This semester, fifth graders at Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Elementary School took part in a special project that had them thinking about how to help others. With funds given through Project Jack, the students found a way to help kids in Wright County transition through difficult situations.

Originating in the Quad Cities area in memory of Jack Lindaman in 2015, Project Jack gives fifth graders the opportunity to pay it forward with a $250 grant the class can use in any way they choose. Funds are provided by the Iowa Association of Realtors.

Sarah Kakacek, elementary school counselor, learned about Project Jack through Dr. Olson. The three fifth grade teachers at C-G-D each applied for a grant, and Kakacek worked with the kids on the project during her guidance class time. “We got some ideas from the kids on how we would pay it forward,” she said. “We had probably 50 ideas.”

Some of the ideas were combined into two main projects the classes wanted to do. “They decided to do tie blankets for the hospital, and ‘dignity duffels,’” Kakacek said.


For the full story, see the April 13 edition of the Monitor.