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An anonymous local donor plans to give more than $800,000 to support Jackson Hole families struggling with the region's high cost of living. 

The inaugural Jackson Hole Community Wellbeing Awards will give 48 families broad latitude to spend up to $18,000 over the next year. There wasn't an application, families were nominated based on "need and merit" by Teton County School District No. 1 administrators and social workers and Teton Youth and Family Services staff. The number of awards was expanded after the donor realized the level of need in the community.

Superintendent Gillian Chapman described the awards as "life-changing" in a Thursday statement.

The Fund for Public Education is helping with the distribution and hopes, alongside the donor, to make the awards an annual tradition. Other community members can also pitch in. Read a full story on the awards in the Jackson Hole Daily's weekend edition.

Contact Evan Robinson-Johnson at 732-5901 or

Evan Robinson-Johnson covers issues residents face on a daily basis, from smoky skies to housing insecurity. Originally from New England, he has settled in east Jackson and avoids crowds by rollerblading through the alleyways.

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