To the editor:
It is inspiring to read about the success of Copper Country youth in the headlines of The Daily Mining Gazette. Our youth are excelling in everything from robotics to history, Math Jams to Science Olympiads, business, athletic, and health career competitions (HOSA). Their success comes from hard work and dedication, inspiration from parents, teachers, and mentors, and support from our community.
Your recent article "Copper Country HOSA Excels" focused on the success of local high school students who competed at HOSA States and qualified for HOSA Nationals. The road to HOSA Nationals is a long one-requiring preparation, practice and a lot of hard work. This road is also an expensive one that calls for constant fundraising and support from the Copper Country community. Without this support, local high school students would not have been able to participate in HOSA.
The Keweenaw Community Foundation, in particular, has consistently supported Copper Country HOSA throughout the years. This year, the KCF awarded HOSA with a tremendous grant of almost $6,000 through the Portage Health Community Health grant. Why? Because they believe in our youth and the opportunity HOSA provides for them to lead, to grow, and to contribute to our community. Without this grant, the program would not have had the funds for student registration and competition fees. The KCF grant is critical to the success of Copper Country HOSA.
We live in a remarkably supportive community, and the Keweenaw Community Foundation leads the way. The mission of the Keweenaw Community Foundation is to promote philanthropy, develop and manage permanent endowments from a broad range of donors, and award charitable grants that enhance quality of life in the Keweenaw.
I have seen how local high students, like those in Copper Country HOSA, benefit because of the generosity of our community and donors who contribute to the Keweenaw Community Foundation.
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Copper Country HOSA students and advisors, past and present, say thank you.