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The new day-care facility for the
“Our project total is $430,000.00,” said Kelly Finke, vice-president of the
The 3,672-square foot building will include room for as many as 65 children with a kitchen, dining area and separate spaces for infants, toddlers, three- to five-year-olds, and an after-school program.
The project cost includes the pre-fabricated building, playground equipment and fencing, and indoor equipment and supplies. Several community businesses and organizations have already donated or pledged their support toward the project.
The board considered several grant opportunities as well, with Finke and board member Candice Asmundson working on the Otto Bremer Foundation application.
Jerry Stai, non-profit resource specialist with Bremer Bank in
Stai was pleased with the outcome for the
“We know the community needs this,” Finke said as she described the lack of day-care options and the additional demand from new families arriving to work oilfield-related jobs. “We can project what’s coming, and we’ve got such good people in our community.”
“Candice and Kelly did an awesome job writing the grant,” said Stai. “They did a good job in justifying what they needed, and they have a compelling story.”
Brent Mattson, president of Bremer Bank in
He noted Bremer Bank does not need to have a physical presence in a community in order to support a project. “We thought it was a viable project,” he said. “[The
New building arrives
The Kids Academy day-care will be located on Main Street, next to the Senior Citizens building, on lots donated by Ralph “Chub” Brown and the city of Berthold. The facility itself is being built by Cromer Valley Construction of Cromer, Manitoba, Canada, and is scheduled to arrive in late October. Work to prepare the site has started.
“The sooner the building gets done, the sooner the community can benefit from it,” said Finke.
While the new building won’t open until later this fall,
“We’ve got a good school and we’re working on housing, and now we have day-care,” she said. “This way, we could welcome the entire family, not just the oilfield workers themselves. We want to bring in more people and help them stay.”
Finke noted the new day-care would provide new employment in town, too. “It could be a minimum of 10 jobs and range up to 20 jobs if the center is running at full capacity,” she said. “So that will mean people can volunteer or work part-time or full-time jobs right in the community. It could also provide employment to high school kids who get interested in child care careers.”
Donations still welcome
Donations to the
Persons interested in joining the
“The more we offer the kids,” Finke said, “the better it is for the community.”