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Variety helping St. Mark Community Center

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Variety is helping St. Mark Community Center in Dubuque provide programs for kids - including after school programs, literacy programs, and even providing new bikes for kids - who never dreamed they'd get one. This reading exercise is part of an after school program run by St. Mark. It's currently in 5 Dubuque schools. It gives kids needing help a head start on homework.

"It gives them the boost they can't get at home. A lot of our children if they have working parents, when parents get home and they're trying to get dinner done, there's no time to work on homework," said St. Mark marketing director Karen Tuecke.

Teachers and mentors work with about 250 kids in the program.

"A year ago, we only had 100 or so kids in our after school program. We're up to 260 kids and obviously the need is there that these families need additional support. Because of Variety's contributions, we're able to fulfill that need," said Tuecke.

But it's not just about schoolwork. Variety has helped St. Mark provide bikes for kids. The event last summer provided bikes for about 50 kids in the neighborhood area. Volunteers helped distribute, police were on hand to license them.

"You should see these kids. They are amazed by it because they never dreamed they would be able to have some of these items. Typically, their financial status does not allow them to have gifts of this type of choice and the Variety Club has allowed them to have this type of opportunity," said Tuecke.

Online AnchorBob Waters

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