Iowa Big North initiative sparks innovative thinking, passion for serving others

Charles City, Iowa – Collaborative, cutting edge and efficient are three of the many words you could use to describe one of Iowa Big North’s initiatives.

Charles City Senior Harley Wilson is one of the founders of ‘co-prop.’  She says the idea streamlines finding costumes and props for all of the schools in Iowa Big North, which is becoming an on-going issue.


What’s been coined as the ‘dungeon’ in the North Grand Building houses several closets of costumes and props.  The students estimate there are thousands of items down there.

The choir and drama department approached the group wanting an efficient way to access items.

Wislon says they’ve created a solution to an on-going problem.


The project doesn’t stop there.  After moving the items to the Carrie Lane space, Ashley Williams of  Turkey Valley, Shelbie McKimmy from Riceville and Sadie Arickx of RRMR are helping design a website.

Charles City Senior Jacie Wank says it will allow schools within Iowa Big North to find what they need and where to find it.


Co-props started at the beginning of the year and will continue until no one is left to lead the initiative.

Wank tells North Iowa News there’s no competition between the students from different schools because everyone is trying to lend a helping hand.



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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