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The Ray Center receives $20K grant from Variety - the Children's Charity

October 18, 2016

The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University has received a $20,000 grant from Variety – the Children’s Charity to fund CHARACTER COUNTS! programming for early childhood centers.

The Variety grant will be used to provide materials and lesson plans to assist teaching staff as they work with children on social-emotional skills.

“Teachers and parents tell us they love having additional lessons and ideas related to teaching and reinforcing the Six Pillars of Character,” said Scott Raecker, director of The Ray Center. “The support we’ve received from Variety – the Children’s Charity is instrumental in providing resources to educators to enhance social-emotional skills for our youngest Iowans.”

The Ray Center helps create strong, vibrant communities that value positive, healthy relationships and respectful behavior. The Ray Center offers a variety of public awareness activities and programming, including CHARACTER COUNTS!, the most widely used character education program in the nation.

Variety – the Children’s Charity is dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged, at-risk and special needs children throughout Iowa. Grant funding is provided to programs and initiatives the directly impact the well being of children. Visit varietyiowa.com for more information on Variety grants and programs.