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Blackfoot Community Center raising money with Valentines

February 7, 2014

Morning News-Lisa Lete The Blackfoot Community Center was a popular hangout for elementary aged kids on Thursday afternoon, since schools in the area were closed due to frigid temperatures. (From left) Jaylynn Grimes (7), Skyler Seamons and Nicole Trahant (6) had fun playing in the construction playhouse at the center.

The Blackfoot Community Center (BCC) is finding creative ways to raise money with a monthly "I Love Blackfoot Kids" Campaign. Executive director Ashlee Howell said that since the 21st Century Grant has expired, it is more important than ever to implement fundraisers to keep money coming into the center.
Through the month of February, the BCC will be selling heart shaped Valentines, handmade by the children, for a $1 donation at participating businesses. The hearts will be displayed at the business with the donors name on it; the money earned will be matched up to $2,500 by Modern Woodsmen of America to help low income youth [grades 3-5] participate in Summer Day Camp and other programs offered by the BCC. 
The BCC promotes positive youth development through education, enrichment and recreation. The center provides opportunities for healthy emotional, social, physical and cognitive growth, something that local mother Irene Seamons agrees with wholeheartedly. Her son Skyler, 7, who she says has had some "learning and social issues," has excelled since starting at the center last summer.
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