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Nevis School Age Care wins Touchstone award

The after-school program staffed by teens will be in the running for a statewide award presented in March 2020.

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Hannah Spry, at left, and Katie Rittgers with Nevis Community Education accept the Touchstone Energy Community Award from Nikki Torkelson with the Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative. (Submitted photo)

Nevis Community Education School Age Care was recently named the winner of the 2019 Touchstone Energy Community Award.

In recognition of community service, Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative Electrical Services recently presented the program a $500 donation and an engraved plaque.

The School Age Care program provides child care before and after school and during the summer, providing a safe area for school-age children to play and learn. It also provides a leadership experience for the high school students who work with the younger children as their after-school job.

“The healthy environment of the School Age Care program leads to children making stronger, positive choices as they age,” said coordinator Katie Rittgers. “This leads to positive, contributing adults in the community.”

Besides high school staff, approximately 30 children participate in the program, which has been a Nevis School District asset for more than a decade.

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Itasca-Mantrap sought candidates during October for the award, which recognizes organizations making outstanding contributions to the local community. The award highlights the cooperative principle “concern for community.”

Nevis School Age Care will also be considered for the statewide Minnesota Touchstone Energy Community Award. The winning organization will receive $1,000 presented at the Minnesota Rural Electric Association’s annual meeting next March in St. Paul.

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