Project Jack 

The REALTOR® Foundation of Iowa helps people in need across the state. That tradition continues into 2018-2019 with Project Jack. 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 5 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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By the numbers

517 PROJECTS

16,611 INVOLVED STUDENTS

Background

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. Realtor Foundation of Iowa has created a fund to help students across Iowa to participate in Project Jack. 

 

Details for 2018-2019 School Year

$250 grant will be distributed per class that applies under the following requirements.  160+ Projects will be funded this year. 

  • Must be a pay it forward type of project. 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.
  • Exception made for Iowa towns on the border that might be serving Iowans and others in adjacent state. For example, a project helping patients at Children’s Hospital in Omaha would be acceptable.
  • Cannot go towards equipment for school (ie. musical instruments, sports equipment, etc.)
  • We encourage (but do not require) classrooms to find a project they can actively participate or help in lieu of just donating the money to a cause. 

    2018-2019 Timeline

  • Applications will be completed online via a Google Form similar to last year. The online form will go live at ww.projectjack.org on Tuesday, November 27 at 7:00 am.  
  • Teachers are encouraged to complete the online application as soon as possible. The available grant spots fill up quickly!  Teachers can fill out the short application first and then discuss with their class and send us the details via email by January 18, 5:00 pm. 
  • Applications will include an area to describe the class project. Further details can be sent no later than Jan. 18. 
    Applications should be received by Friday, January 18.
  • If all grant spots are taken, we may close earlier and notify the recipients earlier. 
  • Teachers will be notified by 5:00 pm on Jan. 21 or earlier if their application is accepted. 
  • There will be a wait list used to fund projects from areas that receive additional funds from local Realtor organizations. 
  • Check will be processed and sent in Late January. 
  • Projects should be completed by April 1. If more time is needed due to uncontrollable factors like weather, bus trips, etc. this can be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

 

project jack 2018

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Project Jack 2017

project jack 2016- Full Video

 

Project Jack from Iowa Association of REALTORS on Vimeo.

Short Video #1 - Feels Good to Help

 

Project Jack Trailer - Feels Good to Help from Iowa Association of REALTORS on Vimeo.

Short Video #2 - Kids Can Help