Iowa BIG North is About to Get Bigger

Charles City, IA – Charles City Schools started the Iowa BIG North Program over a year ago. This has allowed for students to interact with local businesses and work with them on problems the business is encountering. The program is now receiving a grant to help expand.

Iowa BIG North was one of 19 schools selected to receive this funding. Mike Kuennen, facilitator with IBN, talks about the opportunities with this grant.

Theo Arndt, senior at Charles City, has been in the program for a while now and he thinks Iowa BIG North is a big opportunity for students.

Students may be a little reluctant to join IBN. Madi Pellymonter, first year IBN member, says why they shouldn’t hesitate.

Dr. Dan Cox, the district’s superintendent, was instrumental in putting together a proposal for this grant. Donna Forsyth, facilitator with IBN, says how special Iowa BIG North is.

IBN currently has Charles City, New Hampton, Osage and Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock students in the group. There will be other districts involved with this program soon.


Chris Berg

Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki, daughter Brynlee and son Jaxon.

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