Rock Rapids, Iowa — A new day care facility is being built in Rock Rapids. And a different kind of fundraiser is planned for later this month — an adult prom.
The city is facing an expanding preschool population, according to Rock Rapids Development Director John Hulshof. He says the new facility was projected to cost roughly $2 million, and will double the space of the current facility.
Rock Rapids Kids Club Director Desiree Kopp says the idea for the adult prom fundraiser was born out of a desire to do something a little bit different. She says it is a “prom of the decades.”
The event is at the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids on Saturday, February 27th from 8 to midnight. It’s $10 per person in advance or $15 at the door. You can buy tickets at the current Kids Club facility near the city pool today through February 23rd.
Kopp says they’ve been trying to make the new facility a reality for four years now — basically since she started working for Kids Club. She says she’s had lots of help.
The new Kids Club facility is being completed in east Rock Rapids on the same property as Mid Sioux Opportunity’s office and Head Start. Economic Development Director Hulshof says in order to get Community Development Block Grant funds in the amount of $600,000, it needed to be co-located with the Head Start facility in Rock Rapids. Hulshof says that in addition to the block grant, they are also receiving funds from the USDA in the form of a loan, The Lyon County Riverboat Foundation, and the Forster Trust.