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A new collaboration has been formed to move programming for students at 5th Street Elementary in Jasper…and it comes with a large monetary gift.

This morning, officials with Old National Bank and the Dubois County Community Foundation announced a total of $75,000 in grant money for 5th Street Elementary during an schoolwide assembly in the school gymnasium.

Now the Old National Bank Foundation is providing $45,000 of the funding with the rest coming from the Dubois County Community Foundation. The money will be used to launch and sustain a pilot program at the school that will be known as ‘The Leader in Me.’ The Community Foundation will also work with 5th Street School and its fundraising efforts to find viable ways to make an endowment to sustain the Leader in Me Program and similar activities.

Brad Ward is the CEO of the Dubois County Community Foundation. He told those on hand this morning the idea is to begin working to find tomorrow’s leaders:

Meanwhile, Old National Bank Jasper region president Tom Krodel says this morning brought back memories of his time as a student at 5th Street School. He says an opportunity like the Leader in Me program is something he wishes had been available for him:

Now the grants are part of a larger effort by the Dubois County Community Foundation aimed at early childhood education. Earlier this year, the First Five Years Network was formed by the Community Foundation to begin researching needs of early childhood education in Dubois County.

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