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Back row, from left: Skip Thomas, Gus Dornbusch, Jim Dickey, John Morgan, Roger Neemann, Bill Armold and Ken Mason of Sunrise Kiwanis. Front row, from left: Heather Loughman of Community Action, Paula Neemann, Sunrise Kiwanis President David Kigore, John Willey, Energetic Eagles classroom teacher Hiba Hemida, Audrey Mason, Ted Ericson and Gene Lessman.

Lincoln Sunrise Kiwanis members have donated $2,500 to Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties to sponsor its Energetic Eagles classroom for the 2018-2019 school year.

Sunrise Kiwanis members toured the facility at 1821 K St. Jan. 15 to take a firsthand look at the classroom they are sponsoring. Heather Loughman, communications and development director for Community Action, led the tour.

"Community Action's Early Head Start and Head start programs are dual-generation, comprehensive early childhood education programs serving 421 babies, toddlers, preschoolers, expectant women and their families in Lancaster and Saunders counties," Loughman shared. "The programs focus on readiness -- getting children ready for school, families ready to support their child's development, and schools ready to prepare the children who walk through their doors to graduate from high school. Not only do children receive the high quality early learning interventions they need to be ready for kindergarten, their families receive empowering support to reach parenting, employment, education, nutrition and other goals they may have."

The programs focus on targeting and enrolling our community's most vulnerable children, Loughman added. One hundred percent of enrolled children live below the poverty level, are homeless, in foster care or have a verified disability. The programs provide services at no cost to families, which makes the need for community support via financial contributions and volunteer support critically important.

"Preparing our community's most vulnerable children for school success in their most important developmental years takes support from the entire community," said Vi See, executive director of Community Action. "We thank Sunrise Kiwanis for their tremendous support via sponsoring our Energetic Eagles baby/toddler classroom for the 2018-2019 school year!"

Sunrise Kiwanis is one of 15 generous Early Head Start/Head Start classroom sponsors for the 2018-2019 school year, said Loughman. Seven classroom sponsors are still needed to help the programs reach their fundraising goals. To inquire about becoming a classroom sponsor, contact Loughman at 402-875-9339 or hloughman@communityactionatwork.org.

Lincoln Sunrise Kiwanis is part of a global organization dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. The public is invited to the club's weekly meetings every Tuesday from 6:15-7:30 a.m. at Madonna. Learn more at lincolnsunrisekiwanis.org.

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