Rural America Initiatives Plans to Expand Head Start into a New Facility

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By Caroline Patrickis

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Updated: Wed, 26 Feb 2014 08:45:30 MST

A Rapid City Head Start program is trying to expand its reach with a new $6.2 million dollar facility. The Rural America Initiatives Head Start is a nonprofit organization that not only provides children of low income families with food and clothing, but also offers a safe place where children become students. To expand their impact on the community and build a new facility will take a lot of fundraising. 

Rural America Initiatives currently serves 90 head start children, and 40 early start however there is a waiting list of over 60 children in both categories. Rural American Initiatives takes a family focus approach and this expansion will allow them to help focus on helping more families.

After one year of planning Rural America Initiative is expanding and building a 6.2 million dollar facility in Rapid City, off North Haines Avenue. The current building was meant to last 10 to 12 years but it's been in use for the last 20 years and the facility is outdated.

$250,000 in donations are needed by December of 2014 and if that goal is reached they will have a total of $500,000 to get them started. But, they won't stop there, after that they intend to put on fundraisers and events to help make this dream a reality.

The new building will cover 6 acres in North Rapid City, a much needed facility for children. There is currently no set date for when they expect this project to be finished. Bruce Long Fox, executive director says he is expecting at least 5 to 7 years.

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