March 30th Update;
Wow, what a great event on Sunday at the Sports Hub! The 300 for 300 group did a fantastic job organizing the event. Special thanks to the staff at the Sports Hub for offering to sponsor such an event and thanks to so many of you that attended. I am sorry to have missed it as I was taking care of my wife after some surgery. The day gained the 300 for 300 effort $33,141.76. That is an incredible amount of money to raise on a Sunday afternoon. Thank you, thank you, thank you! The total this group has now raised is $93,509.86. We are just short of $100K by $6,500, and we are closing in our fundraising target date of April 1. Tuesday we processed all of the donations and sent out tax exempt letters. I cannot say enough times, thank you! As one of the workers at the Sports Hub said to me today, “It was the best day at work I have ever had. People were so positive and having fun it made for an enjoyable day”. It gives me goosebumps thinking of those type of feelings. I am proud to be part of a district that is building so much energy in support of the students.
We have an ISD 300 Foundation event coming up on April 29. If you enjoyed Sunday’s event I think you will enjoy this event also. It is a Wine Tasting event with similar types of drawings and silent auction items. Tickets are $25 and appetizers and desserts will be served during the event. If you need tickets you can purchase them from a Foundation Board member or stop in the District Office. The event starts at 5:30 PM at the Barn on South Ridge. I think this will be a great social event as well as a fundraising opportunity for the Foundation.
The ISD 300 Foundation helps support student activities and events when school funding is short or not available. The Foundation now accepts requests from teachers all year long. In the past it was only approved in April and May. Accepting requests throughout the year allows for teachers to find funding for things that become available but we did not plan in the budget. For example, our Robotics team was just notified that they have qualified for the National Competition in St. Louis, MO. This could potentially cost the team up to $14,000, but it would be a shame if the kids did not get the chance to compete as they earned the opportunity through competition. The District will provide for travel and housing and partial registration. The club will have to raise the rest. They do not have a lot of time to do so, and the Foundation is one place that the group can go to for help. Donations to the Foundation or attending events such as the Wine Tasting helps to provide some of the extra money to make these opportunities a reality for students. Help us get them there by attending the ISD 300 Foundation fund raising events.
On April 19 we will have our School Board meeting in which we will vote on thereductions. The money that has been raised will offset the total amount that we will have to cut. For example, the district set a goal of cutting $300,000, if we reach $100,000 the reductions will be $200,000 and $200,000 will come from our fund balance. At this time there is little to no impact on students and students programs. We are also hoping to add some new programs to offer to students. I mentioned the STEM curriculum in the Elementary last week and also the Home Construction or Building Trades option that I am looking to put together. I am happy to have interested construction partners in the District that are willing to help too. We are also looking to find a way to get students involved in a work experience program. If you know of a business that may have an interest in having a student work for you for a semester, for credit, please let me or the high school office know.
Again, thank you for the generous donations in the last three months. It really energizes me to find ways to offer great things for our students. As I said 18 months ago, I want students to look back at their school years at La Crescent – Hokah and be proud of their school and the experiences it gave to them. It is a great day to be a Lancer!