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YIC coin drive raises over $4,000

Ali Fairbanks, left, Claire Biscoe, Amy Rowan and Alexis Beying are pictured at Hastings Family Service. Submitted photo1 / 2
Members of the Youth Impact Council at Hastings High School pose with Amy Rowan, front, and the money they raised for the Adopt a Family program. Submitted photo2 / 2

The Hastings Youth Impact Council raised a total of $4,322.82 for the Adopt a Family program with Hastings Family Service. The YIC is a collaborative group of young people made up of Hastings Middle School and Hastings High School students.

Students donated enough money for the organization to adopt 11 families and spend $450 on gifts just for teens. Once the money was collected, advisors with YIC took some students to spend the money on the adopted families.

YIC advisors include the Amy Rowan of the YMCA, Sara Lawrence of Community Education, and Paige Marshall Bigler and Phil Vargas of the City of Hastings Parks and Recreation. Student Impact at HMS is run by the AmeriCorps Promise Fellows including Abbie Williams, Isaac Johnson, Hannah Martin, Thomas Frias and Lane Underdahl.

Michelle Wirth

Michelle Wirth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2013 with a degree in journalism and web design. She worked as a web content editor for a trade association before coming to the Hastings Star Gazette in 2016.

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