Backus center provided grant

Press Release

The Backus Community Center in International Falls is pleased to accept a $130,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Trust.
Funds will be used for general operating support for programs, administration, and the buildings of the Backus Community Center.
One-third of the grant will be utilized by the Koochiching County 4-H Program, which operates out of Backus and serves youth throughout Koochiching County.
The Backus Community Center provides International Falls and surrounding communities with numerous programs to promote well-being in multiple areas.
These areas include multiple food access programs, such as Ruby’s Pantry and the Community Café, youth activities, including summer arts week, health, wellness, and elder services which are provided by various building tenants, and Backus programs that promote a healthy lifestyle at any age.
The center is a gathering place for numerous events that benefit the community while providing a venue for multiple fine arts performances.
Since 2004, Backus has been home to the University of Minnesota Extension Service 4-H Program.
A portion of the grant is designated for 4-H, which operates programs for youth throughout Koochiching County.
4-H engages youth in age-specific programs, including robotics and a “Cloverbuds” program for younger children in kindergarten to Grade 2.
It provides after-school learning and an outlet to explore with other kids.
New in 2018, Koochiching County 4-H will be offering STEM-based after-school programming for Grades 3-8 in International Falls, Indus, Littlefork, and Northome.
Every part of our lives is affected by science, and many every-day mysteries can be solved by using the Eight Science and Engineering Practices.
Youths will practise engineering skills by exploring boat floating, roller-coasters, egg drops, straw rockets, Rube-Goldberg Machines concepts, and more.
STEM is the academic discipline of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Education systems, schools, and after-school learning programs play a central role in determining students’ interest in STEM subjects.
In providing equal opportunities to access, students benefit from quality STEM education that enhances their ability to learn.
The Backus Community Center strives to provide effective and essential programs to the Borderland community, improving the quality of life for residents of all ages.
The Otto Bremer Trust’s mission is based on the intent of its founder, Otto Bremer.
His vision and long-standing commitment to communities during and after the Great Depression endure today through the company’s investments in the places that are home to Bremer banks.
They strive to make measurable and meaningful impact for positive change in communities throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and western Wisconsin.