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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   
 Several northeast Colorado nonprofit organizations were recently awarded a total of $5,000 in grant money from Holyoke High School’s IMPACT program.
 IMPACT (Involving Many People Across Communities Today) was organized by the student leadership class and has taken over responsibilities of the traditional EPYCS club (El Pomar Youth in Community Service).
 According to advisor Tracy Trumper, El Pomar Foundation is phasing out the EPYCS program over two years. As this process takes place, the new IMPACT group was given $10,000 to give in grants over the two year period. Trumper noted the group chose to split the money into $5,000 for this year and the same amount for next year.
 IMPACT’s mission statement said the students aim to “empower nonprofit organizations with endowments to meet the needs of childhood education, teen pregnancy and youth recreation in the community.”
 With that in mind, IMPACT awarded grant money to the following nonprofits: Dragon’s Wagon Preschool, $460; Holyoke Elementary School, $500; Phillips County Arts Council, $290; A Caring Pregnancy Resource Center, $750; Phillips County Family Education Services, $500; and Northeast Colorado Health Department/Family Recess Respite Program, $2,500.
 Students involved in the IMPACT program include Diana Baeza, Christina Banaka, Mallory Bennett, Briar Bergner and Karla Cruz. Trumper and Ashley Geist serve as advisors.
 In addition to IMPACT, the student leadership class has been busy with the Penny Harvest project, the recycling program and an outdoor classroom development at HHS.