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My Genius Now Fund

Established 2018

My Genius Now is an after-school program which, based in literacy and enhanced with music, art, creative writing, and other opportunities, helps students realize their potential and discover their “genius”! We believe everyone has a genius and needs the freedom to discover the area in which they can shine and build self-esteem.

In this simple and relaxed atmosphere, we introduce literacy as something enjoyable and informational with a computer program called NewsEla. Students can read for fun by selecting articles on subjects that interest them (science, arts, health, etc.), which can be filtered by text level and reading skill. We also reward growth in literacy and promote community thinking in the students’ choice of creative expression. Once students complete their articles and answer several relevant questions, they are free to move on to areas of art and music.

With this program, we hope to build a community of productive young people with confidence, talent, kindness, and hope for a better future for all. We always welcome community members to come and share their careers, talents, and trades, knowing that middle school students crave information about the world and their future in it.

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…you can always start small, even $25 can make a difference. Remember we can’t take our money with us. Even if it’s just your gift of time. Volunteer and get involved.

Cris Anderson

Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund | Tom & Cris Anderson Colonial Advisory Fund

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, I was worried about how I was going to pay for books and supplies. This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies instead of worrying about how to afford college. I am working to not only create opportunities for myself but to motivate future generations. Thank you so much for helping me along this journey!

Moises J.

Claude & Alice Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

We chose the Community Foundation because of its reputation. It’s well known, established and we can trust them to do the job for us.

Dick Schindel

Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

A community foundation is a donor-driven organization that helps donors custom-design funds that reflect their charitable interests. Through the years, grants from these funds have made a significant impact on our local communities.

Sharon Stredde

President Emeritus

Thank you very much for supporting my college education for these four years. I will never be able to repay you for the opportunity that this scholarship has given to me.

Julia H.

[Renewing Scholarship Recipient] Graduate of Hinkley-Big Rock High School

There’s no question in my mind that the scholarship I received opened up possibilities.

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

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