As Itasca County joined the national celebration of Lights on Afterschool last month, we were thrilled to have two of our local afterschool champions recognized by Ignite Afterschool, Minnesota’s statewide afterschool network.
Kayleen Monacelli from Deer River Community Education and the Deer River Boys and Girls Club was awarded Afterschool Champion in the Youth Worker/Practitioner category. From her nomination:
She works day and night to meet the needs of both youth and adults in the community. She works directly with youth at the Boys and Girls club every day greeting them with a smile, engaging them in numerous enrichment activities, and being a listening ear for the kids in the club.
Matt Grose, Deer River Superintendent and Nashwauk/Keewatin Superintendent was awarded Afterschool Champion in the Afterschool Community Leader category. From his nomination:
He is a true supporter of Afterschool. He supports leaders in the community who work with kids. He has an attitude that we can do anything for kids that we set out to do, do not let funding stand in our way.
Congratulations to these Afterschool Champions! Working to build stronger futures for all.