Mountain Express: Foundation Guaranteeing Tuition to 50 Third-Graders

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In early January, we first told you about how some Blaine County students and their parents were anxiously awaiting some big news that could be life-changing. Blaine County was the first Idaho community to participate in the "I Have a Dream" initiative, currently operating in 56 communities in 26 states.

This morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports that the I Have a Dream Foundation of Idaho has decided take the entire third-grade class of Woodside Elementary School under its wing, "Promising to help the kids with their studies so they can graduate from high school and guaranteeing all 50 of the children two-year community college scholarships."

"From now on, we're going to call you Dreamers," Ken Lewis, founder of the Idaho organization, told the children. "We will provide a two-year community school scholarship to every one of you."

In addition to the scholarships, the foundation is hiring a project coordinator to assist the students with their studies.

"That's a two-and-a-half-million-dollar commitment over the next 14 years," said Stephen Schultz, foundation co-vice chair.

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