Archive for Thursday, December 11, 2003

School district boosters ‘rejuvenate’ foundation

December 11, 2003

After years of relative inactivity, the Basehor-Linwood Education Foundation is up and running this year, said Joe Perry, chairman of the foundation's advisory committee.

"What we're trying to do is rejuvenate this thing," Perry said.

The foundation has hit the ground running; 20 members comprise the foundation's advisory committee and they have met regularly since October.

Their goal: to raise funds for scholarships, educational programs and teacher grants.

"The primary focus is to provide scholarships for graduating seniors," Perry said.

The foundation's advisory committee is intent on raising $25,000 for college-bound seniors. The funds would provide eight $500 scholarships for graduating seniors, good for four years of college.

Another $4,000 would be earmarked for teachers to enhance classroom programs and the remaining $5,000 would be set aside for an education foundation endowment.

The education foundation has already raised $3,000 through ticket sales from a recent Missoula Children's Theater production at Basehor-Linwood High School. The funds garnered through the ticket sales will be funneled into educational programs, Perry said.

To reach its $25,000 mark, the education foundation is asking for residents or businesses to donate to the cause. Perry said the donations would be used for a worthwhile cause -- furthering the education of local students.

For more information concerning donations or the Basehor-Linwood Education Foundation, contact the Basehor-Linwood School District office at (913) 724-1396 or Perry at his office, (913) 441-3411.

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