With support from our generous donors, Open Your Heart provided Intermediate District 287 with funding to purchase items for their homeless/highly mobile students, enabling them to worry less about basic necessities so that they can focus and thrive in their personal and educational pursuits. Founded in 1967, Intermediate District 287 is a specialized type of public school district that exclusively serves high-need students from across the Twin Cities west metro area—the .5% of students with the most unique and significant educational needs. They have 11 member districts and operate four major Education Centers (North Education Ctr in New Hope, Ann Bremer Education Ctr in Brooklyn Park, South Education Ctr in Richfield, and West Education Ctr in Minnetonka) as well as some smaller sites. Their highly specialized programs include intensive special education services for students with a wide range of challenges disabilities (kindergarten through age 21), alternative high schools for students who are at risk for dropout,
specialized programs for pregnant and parenting teens, and educational services for young people who are in chemical dependency or mental health treatment. “Receiving the Open Your Heart Hunger and Homeless Grant Award positively impacts our homeless/highly mobile students by being able to purchase basic necessities for them—clothing, shoes, bedding, and toiletries—and to provide transportation to/from school until their McKinney-Vento transportation starts. Our students experiencing homelessness can continue their education and arrive at school each day with dignity! They need to worry less about basic necessities so that they can focus and thrive in their personal and educational pursuits! Thank you Open Your Heart for choosing Intermediate District 287 as a grant recipient!!! Greatly appreciated!!!”