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North Side Community School Named Finalist for National Grant Award

ST. LOUIS, MO (April 23, 2018) – North Side Community School early childhood center is proud to announce that it’s one of eight finalists for the fourth annual Gerry Rauenhorst Building Community Award. The award winner will receive a $65,000 grant from the Opus Foundation®. Voting for the third annual Gerry Rauenhorst Building Community Award is open April 24 to May 4.   You can vote at

Established to honor Gerry Rauenhorst, philanthropist and founder of The Opus Group®, the Gerry Rauenhorst Building Community Award recognizes Gerry’s legacy of giving and commemorates a rich history and tradition that dates back to 1953. One nonprofit will be awarded $65,000, recognizing the 65-year tradition.

The funds will support North Side Community School’s early childhood center. The Center serves 45 students from low-income families and is located in north St. Louis City. The North Side Community School Early Childhood Center was created in September 2011 to ensure 100% of students enter kindergarten with the cognitive, emotional, social, and behavioral skills necessary to succeed in school. It is a rigorous program that is changing the trajectory of its students’ academic success. Most students enter performing one or two years behind their peers nationally. However, the teachers work tirelessly to catch them up. Among other skills, students master the alphabet, are able to count to 100, and begin to read and write. This progress is possible because of the high expectations set for students and their families and because of the high-quality instruction delivered by experienced early elementary teachers.

About North Side Community School

North Side Community School was founded in 2009 and serves 400 students in Pre-K through 5th grade in north St. Louis City. All students are considered low-income and qualify for free or reduced lunch and 98% of the students are African-American. North Side is a high performing public elementary school and has received several accolades and awards including: 2016 Charter School of the Year by the Missouri Charter Public School Association; Champions of Education Reform for closing the achievement gap by Children’s Education Alliance of Missouri (CEAM) and the What’s Right with the Region Award for Racial Equality and Social Justice from Focus St. Louis. North Side’s charter sponsor is the University of Missouri in St Louis (UMSL).

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