Two Theisen’s teams, along with 66 other Dubuque area businesses and organizations participated in the Area Residential Care Corporate and Community Games. This annual event raises funds for ARC, which supports empowering people with intellectual disabilities, helping them achieve their highest quality of life.
DUBUQUE, IOWA--The Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools (FDPS) and community partners, US Bank and Theisen’s, have awarded $10,000 in funds to support Leadership Enrichment Afterschool Programming (LEAP) at Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School. This award was given by Mike Donohue (US Bank President), Jim Theisen (Theisen’s CEO), and Jennifer Klinkhammer (FDPS Executive Director) at a school assembly this morning, in support of the program’s pilot year, which occurred between September and May of the 2014-2015 school year.
LEAP, which stands for Leadership Enrichment After-school Programs, is offered in conjunction with local activity providers through the Dubuque Community School District. LEAP’s mission is to engage students in broadening their general educational experiences by trying new activities, discovering their strengths and talents, reinforcing productive behavior, and building self-confidence. Partners at Roosevelt include
Carnegie-Stout Public Library, Dubuque Community Y, Dubuque Humane Society, Hillcrest Family Services, City of Dubuque Leisure Services, National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, and Roosevelt staff members. The benefits of the program include increases in daily student attendance, improved classroom behavior, and enhanced academic performance.
For the past several years, LEAP has only been available to students at Jefferson and Washington Middle Schools due to a grant supporting the program for Title I schools only. Last spring, the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools (FDPS) committed to funding the expansion of LEAP programming to Roosevelt through a $10,000 pilot program during the 2014-2015 school year. FDPS was able to meet this financial commitment through grant awards from US Bank and Theisen’s, as well as gifts from individual donors.
The Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools (FDPS) promotes the importance of public education by increasing community investment for the enhancement of student achievement in the Dubuque Public Schools. FDPS board members and staff fulfill this mission by securing financial gifts and grants for school programs and projects that are not currently supported by public tax dollars. Learn more at www.dbqfoundation.org/FDPS.
Theisens is having the Dubuque Colts group at their Dubuque branch this Saturday the 13th from 9-4pm for their annual car wash. Free, but donations are welcome to help support the group.