Breakfast brings governor, money to community
Lansing Educational Foundation raised more than $12,500 from corporate donors and ticket sales at the first event in its giving campaign this morning at Lansing Middle School. Proceeds from the event will benefit Lansing schools through the foundation.
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius spoke to the more than 225 people who bought tickets to attend the breakfast. After the governor spoke, she helped to honor students in the district who had performed well on the 2004 Kansas State Assessment and on the ACT.
Lansing Schools Superintendent Randal Bagby, foundation president Kyle Kelly and School Board President Shelly Gowdy also spoke at the event.
Lansing High School National Honor Society students greeted guests and served breakfast.
With the money the foundation raised from the event, members expect to help buildings in the district improve on the areas they have addressed as concerns.
Foundation director Mary Alice Schroeger said she hoped that by April 1 teachers would be able to apply for mini-grants through the foundation to fund projects for next year.
"It's about providing educational opportunities for students and supporting teachers," Schroeger said.
Foundation members said they planned to stage the breakfast again next year and eventually would like to hold a gala including a dinner within the next two years.
Schroeger said she was pleased with the turnout. She said she especially enjoyed seeing students who excelled academically get recognition.
Maintaining and improving the status of the district is a collective effort involving the state, the community and businesses, Schroeger said.
"We put extra time in the foundation, now the legislature has work to do to do their part," she said.
"Lansing is a well-kept secret. We beat out Blue Valley, Olathe and Shawnee Mission (school districts) in standardized testing scores," Schroeger said. "Now the adults have to step up to the plate and realize how they can help the schools continue to improve."
Roaring Lions (donors of $1,000 and more)
Mr. and Mrs. Gary L. Aus
Dick and Tera Cameron
Citizens National Bank
Dr. and Mrs. Peter Cristiano
Joe and Norma Hoagland Charitable Trust
Drs. Kelly and Norris
Reilly and Sons, Inc.
Armed Forces Bank N.A.
First National Bank
Kern Appraisal, Inc.
Kochenour Realty Company
Robert H. and Carol G. Hall
Lansing Kiwanis Club, Inc.
Donna Bisel Hughes
Mr. and Mrs. Brad Padgett
Mr. and Mrs. Rick Schneider
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Willcott
Mr. and Mrs. Theodore LoPresti
Demaranville & Kramer L.L.C.
Dr. Paul E. Kittle D.D.S.
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Logan
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene F. Young
Citizen's National Bank- Corporate Breakfast Sponsor
Finishing Touch- Decorating Consultant
Joe and Norma Hoagland Charitable Trust- Teacher Breakfast
The following students in the Lansing school district were honored at the breakfast:
Steve Thomas, National Merit Scholar Commended Student
Students who scored a 30 or higher on the ACT test:
Students who scored above 95 percent or higher on the 2004 Kansas Math Assessment
Students who scored above 90 percent or higher on the 2004 Kansas Math Assessment:
Alex Mc Arther
Students who scored above 90 percent or higher on the 2004 Kansas Reading Assessment:
Students who scored above 90 percent or higher on the 2004 Kansas Writing Assessment: