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    For Immediate Release 

    January 12, 2023

    Grand Forks Public Schools to Participate in Giving Hearts Day

    GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Grand Forks Public Schools, through the Grand Forks Foundation for Education, will participate in Giving Hearts Day on February 9.

    Giving Hearts Day is a 24-hour online fundraiser for charities in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota. The event is hosted by the Dakota Medical Foundation, the Impact Foundation, and the Alex Stern Foundation.

    The Foundation is raising funds for the Access for All Scholarship fund, providing students and their families access to counseling services at Northern Prairie Community Clinic on the University of North Dakota campus, regardless of their ability to pay.  In 2021 alone, over 1,000 sessions were provided, which supported students in every building across the school system. 

    “This fund got to a critically low level this summer,” said Foundation executive director Emilia Hodgson. “Awareness of mental health and its impacts on our youth has been a topic of conversation in recent years, especially coming out of the pandemic. We are thankful that, with the help of our donors, we have made an impact.”

    “Because of Access for All, the Northern Prairie Community Clinic has been able to exponentially increase the number of mental health sessions offered to Grand Forks Public Schools students and their families,” said NPCC co-director Melissa Quincer. “It is impossible to calculate just how large of an impact this has had on the overall mental health landscape of Grand Forks. However, the reactions and growth of each individual client speak volumes to the work that Access for All is doing.”

    Donors who want to support the Access for All Fund can donate on February 9, 2023 at givingheartsday.org. Gifts can also be scheduled on that website through February 7.

    For more information, please contact Hodgson at 701.787.4867 or ehodgson290@mygfschools.org. 

    The longest-running giving day in the country, Giving Hearts Day has helped participating charities raise more than $112 million since its founding in 2008.

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