First-grader donates to Connecting Kids program

One of the community’s youngest donors wants all area children to have the opportunity to participate in out-of-school activities.
On Wednesday, 7-year-old Kate Nessler presented $100 to Connecting Kids coordinator Al Roehm at the United Way office. Nessler raised the money by selling her grandparents’ sweet corn.
The idea started out as a dance fundraiser for Nessler, who is in first grade at Jefferson Elementary and attends classes at Dance Express. Kate heard about the Connecting Kids program from her mother, who had attended United Way’s Women with Heart event earlier this year that highlighted a Connecting Kids dance scholarship. Kate decided to donate some of her proceeds to help other kids take part in activities.
“She came up with it all on her own,” said Angie Nessler, Kate’s mom. Kate helped deliver the corn and informed her customers about Connecting Kids.
Connecting Kids is a program through Community Ed and Rec that provides scholarships to children K-12 to participate in quality out-of-school activities.
“This is a busy time of year for scholarship requests,” said Roehm, adding that dance is an especially popular activity for which families seek assistance.
Sept 30, 2015