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Community Foundation Invests in RCMA Middle School Expansion

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IMMOKALEE (March 23) – RCMA announces that the Collier Community Foundation provided a $25,000 grant for improvements at its Immokalee Community Academy. The funding supports the two-phase renovation of its existing building to create additional classrooms to accommodate ICA’s new middle school program. This will make RCMA a K-8 school by August of 2023, serving about 325 students.

“We are grateful to the Collier Community Foundation for helping us serve up to 80 more students with our bilingual, bicultural curriculum,” says Isabel Garcia, executive director. “This expansion project will meet the needs of our community by increasing educational opportunities for middle schoolers that need it the most. It will also help us provide more technological resources.”

There is only one other middle school in Immokalee and it serves more than 1,700 students.

About RCMA

Established in 1965, RCMA is Florida’s largest nonprofit provider of quality early childhood education and family support services. Headquartered in Immokalee, RCMA serves people in rural areas living in poverty, primarily migrant and agriculture working families. RCMA operates more than 60 child development centers and two nationally recognized charter schools, and partners with 19 family child care homes and several afterschool care programs in 21 Florida counties. The organization employs 1,600 people, provides child care and education to more than 5,500 children each year, operates with a $98 million budget, and has more than 50,000 alumni. Learn more at rcma.org.

About the Collier Community Foundation

The Collier Community Foundation, now in its 36th year, is a tax-exempt, public, charitable organization established in 1985 to increase and focus on local private philanthropy.