1 week 4 days ago
Supervisor Hockensmith provided a Community Betterment Grant to Brubaker Elementary School to assist with the Brubaker Path Explorers Program. This program is an after school program for 5th grade students located on the east side of Des Moines. The program will provide opportunities for students to begin the process of goal setting and expose them to career opportunities. A few of the sites they will visit are the Iowa State Capitol, Iowa Cubs Stadium, Principal Insurance Company, Civic Center. Des Moines Arts Center, Meredith publishing and the State Historical Building of Iowa.
Left to right: Mr. Mark Adams, Brubaker Principal; Ms. Diana Quillin O’Leary, Instructional Coach; Tom Hockensmith, Polk County Supervisor.
Grant funding made possible by a partnership between Polk County and Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino.
2 weeks 3 days ago
Supervisor Hockensmith presented a Community Betterment Grant to Triad Foundation to support Jabberwock - 6th Annual African American Performing Arts Youth Talent Competition. The mission of the Triad Foundation is to promote academic excellence, provide scholarships, provide support to the underserved, educate and encourage participation in the establishment of public policy, and to highlight issues and provide solutions for our communities. The event is held at Grand View University's Viking Theatre.
3 weeks 3 days ago
Supervisor Hockensmith provided a Community Betterment Grant to Grand View University for the Grand View Community Garden, which is an initiative of the Views Forward Project. The garden is an effort to meet the needs of the neighbors on the east side of Des Moines as well as provide opportunities for students to learn, serve and build relationships with their neighbors.
1 month 3 weeks ago
Supervisors Hockensmith and Mauro along with Julie Stewart, Prairie Meadows, presented the Des Moines Public School District with a check that is the result of a great partnership between The Polk County Board of Supervisors and Prairie Meadows. This unique partnership has resulted in more than $11.8 million going directly to Polk County students since 2007.
2 months 4 weeks ago
On Saturday, February 24, 2018 I attended the 4th Annual Iowa C.O.P.S. Black & Blue Ball. Iowa Concerns of Police Survivors provide resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of the surviving families and co-workers that are coping with the tragic loss of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
4 months 1 day ago
The Parks Area Foundation, Des Moines Park and Recreation, Polk County Board of Supervisors, Polk County Conservation, and the City of Des Moines worked collectively to plan and fund the improvements that will begin at Riverview Park. The Riverview Park Project is at the site of the Des Moines Amusement Park that existed from 1915 to 1978. The Des Moines residents are excited and engaged to commemorate this project where there is a strong history and emotional connection. The Variety Star Playground at Riverview Park will be an all-inclusive playground that will allow all ages and abilities to play together. Another great addition will be The Riviera Stage that will be a signature feature. Revitalization of Riverview will be a great economic boost and will bring back music, family time and fun. We are very excited to make this project a reality!
4 months 2 weeks ago
I had the opportunity to provide a Community Betterment Grant to East High School Boys Basketball Coach Mark Core and Principal Leslie Morris.