Corn Belt Power Cooperative, Grundy County REC and others team up for kids campus donation
Grundy County REC, Corn Belt Power Cooperative, Basin Electric Power Cooperative and CoBank teamed up to donate $9,000 to Maroon & White Inc., the non-profit organization funding the Uncky Daylo Kids Campus, a new childhood development center in Grundy Center.
The center is located inside the 33,000 square foot former Upper Elementary Building in Grundy Center. The existing two-story brick building, built in 1939, is undergoing major renovation. It will be the home for:
-A preschool, which will increase capacity by 71 percent
- A daycare, which will expand licensing from 41 to 72 children
- The Head Start office
- The YMCA before and after school and summer camp programs which can accommodate a 50 percent increase in enrollment.
Also on site is the Megan Lyman- Hook playground which is the only ADA compliant playground in Grundy Center.
Major building changes include a commercial kitchen/laundry within a portion of the gym; additional classroom above it; two additional classrooms in the stage area; and an elevator.
About 85 percent of the existing gym will be retained for recreational use and available for community use after school hours. The terrazzo floor hallways will also be maintained.
At a broader level, the project will help to preserve and celebrate an important part of Grundy Center’s history, as well as encourage young families to move to or remain living in Grundy Center.
The project is both an economic and a community development project. Data shows children come from five counties, with all communities in Grundy County represented, along with communities in Black Hawk, Butler, Hardin and Tama Counties.
Maroon & White, Inc. is still fundraising to fill a gap and still has multiple rooms to name in honor of donors. Please consider donating to their Go Fund Me Page and join their Facebook page Maroon and White Inc- Grundy Center Kids Campus.