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Power of Centennial

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November 14th


Our Savior's Church

9185 Lexington Ave

Circle Pines, MN

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Join over 40 members who have donated over $14,000 since 2014 to small grant programs in our community!

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What is Power of Centennial?


4:30 pm

The POC is a group of citizens who want to make a meaningful difference in our community. What brings us together is the willingness to commit $100 annually to support education to build a strong community.

The Power of Centennial (POC) is a fundraising event for Centennial Area Education Foundation to fund grants supporting education in the Centennial Area.  The POC is a member driven event that meets twice annually.  A program is eligible for submission if they have not received a grant from POC or CAEF in the past 12-months.

The POC is an idea borrowed from other similar organizations that have sprung up across the nation. While many of us may donate smaller amounts to different charities, the POC provides the unique opportunity to see how combining our donations can make a difference in our community.

How Does it Work?


10:00 am

The POC will meet twice yearly for approximately one hour. During the meeting any member can submit education programs or organizations of their choice to receive a grant and three submissions will be randomly drawn for consideration. After a brief presentation on each program or organization, the members will vote for the program or organization of their choice. The application with the most votes will be funded, any remaining funds can be distributed to runner up grants.  Each member will write a $50 check for the chosen program or organization at the end of the meeting (written to CAEF) to be dispersed to any winning grants. Members need not be present to vote, they can use a proxy, and all members must contribute at each meeting.

May 2019 Recipients


11:30 am

The Power of Centennial members met on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - and members voted to distribute $3,200 in grants to four of the program submissions received (several absent members voted by proxy).  The May 2019 POC recipients include:

  • Noah's Ark PreSchool - scholarship assistance for families below the poverty level

  • AVID Training at Centennial Middle School - stipend to hire an official trainer to conduct  training with CMS Staff

  • Be The Nice Kid - hire a speaker to conduct a school wide assembly at Rice Lake Elementary

  • Let Them Play Conference - assist in funding ECFE staff to participate in a professional development conference