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Dream Maker Fund bolsters county, state, and national STEM Education with over $780,000 in grants!

JACKSON, Michigan, April 20, 2022 - The Jackson Community Foundation’s Board of Directors are pleased to announce new grants from the Dream Maker Fund, a component fund of the Foundation, supporting STEM Education and Robotics at a local, state, and national level. “It is very exciting to watch the growth of impact the Dream Maker Fund is making on multiple levels,” said Monica Moser, President & CEO. “We are especially thankful for the continued support and generosity of Eric and Patti Poppe to their “hometown” of Jackson!”

$450,953 to FIRST in Michigan to support robotics programming in Michigan, $100,000 to FIRST for programming in California and $12,000 for three local teams to attend the State Competition - “The Dream Maker fund is creating huge opportunities to connect our robotics students to careers in STEM. In fact, the Fund allowed us to stage a Co-op and Internship Career Fair for the very first time at the State Championship. It is also helping us grow champions within the school to coach the teams so that students at every school in Michigan have access to FIRST,” said Gail Alpert, FIRST Michigan.

$100,000 Shop Rat Foundation, Inc. - The Shop Rat Foundation is sincerely grateful for the continued support of the Poppe Family through the Dream Maker Fund at the Jackson Community Foundation. Their gift has opened the door to new and exciting opportunities for our organization and local youth by supporting in-school robotics programming. Robotics will play an important role in our students' future across many industries and having the ability to provide them the competitive advantage of early access and skill development is a privilege that we do not take lightly,” said Kelly Burr-Kofflin, Executive Director. “Although I may not have the best words at the moment to demonstrate it, this funding has been life-changing for our organization; enabling us to make leaps and bounds toward fulfilling our mission. We are truly just humbled and grateful beyond words to have been given the opportunity to do this work for the Jackson community”.
$50,000 Arts and Cultural Alliance of Jackson County to support Bright Walls - “Bright Walls is immensely grateful to the Dream Maker Fund for the support in helping make our purpose come to life. Jackson will become even more of an international destination to experience public art because of the funding received. Join us September 8-11 to see the positive impact of the Dream Maker Fund at work!” said Clay McAndrews, Bright Walls founder.

$60,000 College and Career Access Center - "The College and Career Access Center truly appreciates the support of the Dream Maker Fund through the Jackson Community Foundation. It is through the generosity and collaboration of our partners that the CCAC is able to continue making our services accessible to ALL Jackson County students. Their gift will be used directly in supporting our many valuable initiatives, moving the needle on post-secondary and career attainment. In helping the young talent of Jackson develop practical and marketable skills, they will be better prepared to find careers that best match and fit their unique potential," said Nancy-Lewis Peter, Executive Director.

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