2017 FPS Teacher of the Year Goes Over the Edge with CHARISM


On Friday, August 10, the 2017 North Dakota Teacher of the Year Leah Juelke will go Over the Edge and rappel 110 feet off of the Black Building in downtown Fargo to raise funds for CHARISM which directly impacts her students and the at-risk youth in North Dakota.

For the second consecutive year, community members are raising money and awareness for the community’s at-risk youth. This year, Juelke and more than 90 other Fargo-Moorhead community members have taken on the challenge to rappel off the Black Building on to a squared off area on Broadway.

Hosted by the team at CHARISM, Over the Edge was the vision of Executive Director John Fisher, and former Operations Director Brittany Laforte. After brainstorming ways to engage the community and raise awareness, the team brought Over the Edge to Fargo for the first time. Through word of mouth and social media influence, volunteers visited the Over the Edge FundRazr page and chose to register as an individual, join a team, or create their own team. They were led to set up their personal fundraising page with a goal of $1,000. The day of the event, volunteers will receive 30 minutes of training from the rappel professionals from Over the Edge USA.

CHARISM is a neighborhood support center offering a safe and welcoming anchor point to underserved youth and their families through relationship-based skill-building programs and services that improve quality of life.

Their vision is to have safe and peaceful neighborhoods of self-sufficient, contributing citizens. They strive to teach, model and encourage these five values in everything CHARISM does: Respect, Trust, Creativity, Courage, and Empathy.

If you would like to support our 2017 North Dakota Teacher of the Year as she represents students in the Fargo Public School District, visit the Over the Edge donation page.