A "Chocolate for Charity" raffle will run until Dec. 22 to benefit Second Harvest Community Food Bank.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is holding the second-annual fundraiser, which will allow customers to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a 3-foot tall, 30-pound chocolate Santa.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory will donate the proceeds to the Second Harvest Community Food Bank.

Last year, the St. Joseph store donated more than $500. It has a goal of $1,000 this year.

The winner of the chocolate Santa will be announced at 5 p.m. on Dec. 23 on the store’s Facebook page.

Student grants find success

Students at Northwest Missouri State University are learning what it takes to write a successful grant application and laying the groundwork for projects that will benefit students and community members.

The five students enrolled in grantsmanship this fall and were responsible for drafting three project proposals, including one as a group. Together, the students’ proposals are worth more than $550,000.

The students were responsible for writing one proposal to receive funding from Northwest’s undergraduate or graduate research funds and one proposal for a nonprofit group, in addition to the grant proposal they drafted as a group.

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