BY JOE GARDYASZ, Senior Staff Writer - Friday, April 21, 2017 6:00 AM
At Findley Elementary School in Des Moines, each student can tell you the year in which he or she will graduate — not from high school, but from college. And along the hallways, you’ll see posters of students that picture them in careers such as teachers, lawyers and engineers.
And every boy and girl there has a College Savings Iowa account to help get them there, along with an incentive program to earn up to $200 each year in college savings.
Perhaps most importantly for these kids who live in one of Des Moines’ lowest-income neighborhoods, their teachers and their parents are sending them a consistent message: You can succeed.
“We want other nonprofits to work with us,” he said. One of its existing partnerships is with the YMCA of Greater Des Moines, which the foundation partnered with to start an after-school “Dream Laboratories” program focused on academic achievement. Kirby is now working to secure partners to organize a Lego league.