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Riverside Educational Center talks about Colorado Gives Day

Published: Dec. 7, 2021 at 9:59 PM MST
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - Riverside Educational Center, a local non-profit organization, spoke about how they celebrate Colorado Gives Day.

REC provides afterschool academic support, enrichment activities, and peer engagement programs for students across 15 schools in Mesa County Valley School District 51. These 15 schools include nine elementary schools, four middle schools, and two high schools.

REC wants the public to know they accept donations anytime of the year, not just on Colorado Gives Day. Along with donations, the non-profit also hosts various fundraisers throughout the year that donors, businesses, and foundations can help with. One such event is called the Taste of Riverside, it’s a dinner REC hosts during the Fall.

REC’s mission to improve academic support is important because it gives students additional resources they can utilize to be successful in their academics. They desire to improve the graduation statistics in the Grand Valley.

“The graduation rate in our community is about 75 percent, so about a fourth of the kids in the community are not graduating from high school,” said Joy Hudak, Executive Director at Riverside Educational Center.

REC also accepts item donations, one such example is bicycles. “Last fall we had our trailer full of bikes stolen and we put out the word, and we had about 80 mountain bikes donated to our biking program,” said Hudak.

If you want to support Riverside Educational Center, you can visit their website to donate.

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