Archive for Thursday, April 6, 2006

Early risers to raise funds for school foundation

April 6, 2006

Lansing Educational Foundation Fund raised $12,500 at its first breakfast last year, and its board of directors hopes to improve on that feat this year.

The organization, created in 2004 to raise money for Lansing school district to supplement state funding, will have its second annual campaign breakfast at 7 a.m. Friday, April 7, at Lansing Middle School, 509 Ida St.

Kyle Kelly, board president for the fund, said the group had not set a specific fundraising goal for the breakfast, but the organization's overall goal is to have more money to make available to the schools.

Like last year, the breakfast will feature a speaker and will honor top-performing students in the district.

Michael Chesser, chairman and chief executive officer of Great Plains Energy Inc. in Kansas City, Mo., will speak at the breakfast. Chesser's involvements show his interest in education - he is a trustee of the University of Missouri-Kansas City and serves on the Early Learning Leadership Board of the Mid-America Regional Council.

"I think he'll be a very interesting and good speaker," Kelly said.

Lansing students will be honored for high scores on the state assessments and ACT. National Merit Commended and National Achievement Program students also will recognized. About 75 students in all will be honored and receive certificates, said Donna Hughes, assistant schools superintendent.

Additionally, Kelly said the teachers who received Educate the Pride grants from the organization will be recognized.

Breakfast will be served buffet-style beginning at 7 a.m., and Chesser will speak about 7:30 a.m., Hughes said.

Kelly said he liked the idea of the breakfast because it brings together people from businesses, schools and the community and helps them to connect through sharing common goals.

"I feel like we're making progress," he said. "We're just excited about it."


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