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District awarded grant for Challenge Project

More students across Jackson County will be able to take part in an emotional learning program thanks to a $10,000 grant.

The Jackson County Intermediate School District was awarded funds to support the November 2019 Middle School Challenge Project by the Jackson Community Foundation. The funds included a $2,000 grant from the Kellogg Foundation Youth Advisory Committee Endowment Fund and $8,000 from the Community Needs Endowment Fund.

Each year the Martin Luther King Diversity Committee, a partnership between the Jackson County ISD, the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, the Jackson Human Relations Committee and several other community partners, provides Challenge Day training to as many as 750 7th grade students from every county middle school. The program is a day-long social and emotional learning program to support students to address bullying, build empathy among students, empower students to create a school-wide culture of kindness, and enhance learning.

“We are so appreciative of the Jackson Community Foundation’s support of our program. This grant will support participation of more than 200 students for our fall Challenge Days,” said Cathy Brechtelsbauer, MLK Diversity Committee co-chair.

The mission of the MLK Diversity Committee is to encourage community collaboration to reflect Dr. King’s dream and to motivate youth for service and excellence. In pursuit of its mission, the Committee sponsors the annual MLK Diversity Breakfast and the Jackson Middle School Challenge Project.

For more information about the Jackson Middle School Challenge Project, visit The mission of the Jackson Community Foundation is to connect people and resources to causes that strengthen and build our community. For Jackson. For good. For ever. To learn more about the Foundation go to

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Catherine Brechtelsbauer