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Thursday, October 2, 2014 N/Warren Town and County News Page Seven Harkin Announces More Than $3.2 Million to Expand Higher Education Opportunities for Low-Income Students Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) has announced that the Iowa College Student Aid Commission in Des Moines has been awarded $3,206,922 to help low-income stu- dents prepare for college. These funds were made available by the U.S. Department of Education's Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), an initiative that provides funding for academic and related support services to eligible low-income students, including students with disabilities, to help them obtain a secondary school diploma and to prepare for and succeed in postsecondary education. As Chairman of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee responsible for funding education (the LHHS Subcommittee), Harkin has consis- tently helped to secure funds for GEAR UP, including an increase of $15.2 million in the fiscal year 2014 omnibus spending package. "One of the keys to a better future is education," Harkin said. "Even our best and brightest students from low-income families often face numerous hurdles to not only accessing higher education, but to succeeding in school and completing their de- gree. I hope these funds will help the GEAR UP Iowa program provide students with the academic and personal support they need to finish high school and col- lege." Beginning in the seventh grade, GEAR UP advisors work with students, families, school staff and partners to provide comprehensive pre-college support. Specifically, GEAR UP aims to increase academic performance and preparation for college, high school and postsecondary graduation rates and knowledge of postsecondary op- tions and financing, as well as promote professional development that supports all students. Beyond Buy Local, Invest Local By Brian Depew, briand@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs Buy local. It's a well known strategy for small towns. Keeping your grocery money close to home keeps the grocery store close to home. Economists tell us that every dollar spent at a locally-owned business generates two to four times the economic benefit. But what if we take it to the next level? What if we "invest local" too? The concept is an extension of "buy local" campaigns that urge us to capture the multiplier effect of commerce by keeping our spending money close to home. You already see it all around you in small towns. Often it takes local citizens to see oppor- tunity where an outsider would overlook it. In our hometown of Lyons, NE, a new hardware and feed store went up on Main Street this summer. The owner and his family have run independent businesses in Lyons for two generations. It's not a Menards, or a Bomgaars. Those companies would Norwalk Nursing & Rehab Great job, Clyde! You worked hard with the therapy team at Norwalk Nursing & Rehab and accomplished the goals you set out to achieve. Photo submitted. 'FLIP FOR A CURE' / Chow's Booster Club will host nearly 300 gymnasts from around the Midwest at the 'Flip for a Cure' Rising Stars Invitational, October 4-5, at F3 Fire Athletic Com- plex, 4137 120th St. in Urbandale. The two-day event will also serve as a fundraiser for Susan G. Komen for Volunteers Needed at Wildlife Refuge Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge is in need of volunteers to staff the the Cure organization, information desk in the USAG Level 3-5 gymnasts from Iowa, Nebraska and Prairie Learning and Visi- Missouri will be competing for individual and team, tor Center. Volunteers will awards Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sun- take on a regular, weekly da3 Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, position. Curr ent!3 vol - teers are needed for Tu s- throughout the weekend Chow's Booster Club will be day or Thursday afternoon raising money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. One inI shifts, from 12:30-4 p.m, eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast, This position offers a cancer in their lifetime. Tickets can be purchased at the F3 complex the day unique opportunity to of the event (adults $8, seniors $6, ages 7-12 $5, 6 and serve the community and never build here. My hometown of Laurens,.IA took it upon work that delivers high-speed internet to every house and business in town. They didn't wait for Comcast or Verizon to build a network. If they had, they might still be waiting. Local residents, rooted in place, are often willing to take a financial risk to make their small town a better place. Imagine if more of us joined them, investing locally. visitors from around the under free). themselves'to build a broadband net-" ::,i ........... .......... - ........ : %-?:,~7~;globe by gree ~t~and,~- Arbor Day enting them to the refuge, answering basic questions The Arbor Day Foundation will brighten up your fall and talking with guests. If by offering 10 free autumn classics trees when you join you like to help people the organization in October. while learning more about The free trees are part of the nonprofit Arbor Day Iowa's natural heritage, Foundation's Trees for America campaign, a program this is a great chance to.do dedicated to environmental stewardship through the so right here in'our corff- planting of trees, munity! i,: Everyone who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in Volunteers of all ages October will receive 10 free autumn classics: Two sugar and backgrounds are wel- maples, two red maples and one each of scarlet oak, come and no experience or sweetgum, northern red oak, silver maple, white flow- special knowledge is nec- ering dogwood and Washington hawthorn. essary. Training and orien- The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time tation are provided and a for planting, between November 1 and December 10. staff member is always The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they present to help and to an- will be replaced free of charge. Planting instructions will swer questions. be enclosed with each shipment of trees. To learn more, contact To receive 10 free autumn classics, send a $10 mem- the refuge's Volunteer Co- bership contribution to Autumn Classics Trees, Arbor ordinator, Megan Wandag, Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE at 515-994-3400 or megan_ 68410, by October 31, 2014, or join online at arborday wandag@fws, gov. .org/october. Creating a vibrant future for your small town really is in your hands. Poverty is uncomfortable, as I can testify: but nine times out of 10 the best thing that can happen to a young man is to be tossed overboard and compelled to sink or swim for himself. -James A. 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