The REALTOR® Foundation of Iowa helps people in need across the state. Originating in the Quad Cities area in memory of Jack Lindaman, the project gives 4th and 5th graders the opportunity to pay it forward in any way the class chooses. The original project was carried out several years ago with each person in Jack’s class at Alan Shepard Elementary School receiving $100 to pay it forward. There were not any stipulations given or rules to follow on how to use the money. Projects ranged from donations to charitable organizations to passing out roses to strangers. The project has changed as we have rolled it out across the state of Iowa. 4th and 5th-grade teachers are invited to fill out an application for a $250 grant to be used toward a pay-it-forward type project.
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Jack Lindaman was born on the 4th of July. Jack was affectionately called a little firecracker. Jack and his family enjoyed fireworks and all the festivities around the Fourth of July. He liked to make people happy and was always a positive light to those around him despite his health issues. Jack passed away in February 2010 from spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). According to curesma.org, “SMA is a disease that robs people of physical strength by affecting the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord, taking away the ability to walk, eat, or breathe. It is the number one genetic cause of death for infants.” To read more about SMA or to make a donation visit this page.
Jack Lindaman was 6 years old when he passed away. With Project Jack, his memory and loving spirit will continue on through the good deeds of children. The Realtor® Foundation of Iowa has created a fund to help students across Iowa to participate in Project Jack.
Details for 2022-2023 School Year
$250 grant will be distributed per class that applies under the following requirements. 140+ Projects will be funded this year.
- Must be a pay-it-forward type of project through 4th or 5th grade classes in Iowa. It must benefit another person or go to an organization that is helping Iowans in need.
- Must remain in Iowa. Out-of-state or international projects will not be accepted.
- Exception would be for Iowans serving in the military.
- Exceptions made for Iowa towns on the border that might be serving Iowans and others in an adjacent state. For example, a project helping patients at Children’s Hospital in Omaha would be acceptable.
- Funds cannot go toward equipment for school (ie. musical instruments, sports equipment, etc.)
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