PEQUOT LAKES -- Through the generosity of Pequot Lakes area community members, businesses and organizations, the Lakes Area Family Community Center in Pequot Lakes is now close to becoming reality.
The Pequot Lakes School District needed to raise $100,000 by the end of August in order to receive a $100,000 matching grant from the McKnight Foundation to renovate the building for the family and teen center.
After a recent mass mailing and a tireless campaign by volunteers, Dan Frank, Pequot Lakes Community Education director, said Monday that they believe they will raise the entire $100,000 by the end of the month.
About two weeks ago, the group had raised more than $60,000. Now they have raised more than $80,000 and the donations continue to come in, said Frank. He said there are several organizations who have said they plan to donate and will be sending checks for the fund.
Pequot Lakes School Board members Monday were given a tour of the new Lakes Area Family Community Center, located in the nearby former Kinzie Candles building. Construction of the new community facility is nearing completion.
In board action Monday, the Pequot Lakes School Board approved the 2000-2001 budget of $9,566,991.
The board authorized the district administer the Fast Break For Breakfast program, accepting a $30,000 state grant. The grant covers most of the cost for preschoolers through sixth-graders to eat school breakfast. It is the second year the district has participated in the program.
Last year an elementary student breakfast cost 20 cents. The district set breakfast prices for elementary students at 50 cents this year. Superintendent Jim Oraskovich said the district could pay more of the costs for breakfast, but opted not to do that this year because it was already asking taxpayers for the $28.4 million bond levy referendum. Fifty cents, said Oraskovich, was still a good price for breakfast.
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