To the Community of Estherville,
On behalf of the ELC School Foundation, I would like to thank the many businesses and members of our community that made our 16th annual "Champions in Education" banquet a great success for us.
This year's honoree, Sharla Ries, is the Health teacher in our high school. She has contact with virtually every student that passes through the school. After visiting with Sharla just a short time, it's obvious that she cares about each student in every class. She continually strives to make an impact on all her students. Her dedication and commitment to ELC over nearly 20 years is evidence that she still maintains that passion for her profession. The Foundation is pleased to recognize Mrs. Ries this year for her many contributions to our school. The hundreds of students she's taught are lucky to have known her, and we're lucky to have her in our school system.
Our foundation relies on banquet sponsorship to cover our costs and to ensure continued growth to support our grants and scholarships. This year's 34 sponsors are a wonderful display of the support we have in our community for the educational needs of our youth. We thank all of our sponsors and urge everyone to return their support by doing business locally. They are listed here.
Avera Holy Family Health; Henry-Olson Funeral Home; Bank Plus; Houseman Oil/Riverside Sinclair; Drs. Baker & Webb, OD; Dave Howard LPA Firm; Drs. Blake & Meyer, DDS; Hy-Vee Store; Blum & Leonard Agency; Iowa Lakes Elec Coop; Bob & Lili Jensen-Bob Jensen Ag; Jacobson-Westergard; Don Jose's Mexican Rest; Motor Inn Auto Group; Edward Jones Investments; Nelson, Gayer, & VerSteeg, PLC; Emmet County State Bank; NorthStar Bank & Agency; Estherville Building Center; Northwest Bank; Estherville Foods; PEO Chapter ON; Estherville Medical Center, PC; Racine's for Him/Her; Estherville Noon Kiwanis; Super 8 Motel; Estherville Rotary; John Semrad Construction; Greig & Co; Estherville Family Chiropractic, PC; Holiday Express; Woody's Pizza; Hoyer Chiropractic; Daybreak Foods.
These sponsors each donated $200. Additional donations were made by Estherville Abstract, Estherville Drug, Hair Diva's Salon, Heartland Americana, Holiday Express, and PEO Chapter ON, and Larry & Gloria Nath.
We also thank Fifth Street Gifts, Clarken Auctioneering, KILR & EDN, Four Seasons Greenhouse, Estherville Elks Lodge for a delicious meal, Estherville Area Chamber, and cat tales anteeks.
The foundation also recognizes Molly Struve and Christopher Fuhrman for helping us with our presentation that night. They are both former students of Mrs. Ries and shared with us their first-hand knowledge of her influence in their lives.
Our beautiful desserts were made by Bobby Jo Lupkes at the Elks, Laurie Olson, Barb at Treats to Treasures, and the foundation board's own Doug Wagner. The auction was a great success, and we say a special thank you to those that purchased the desserts: Emmet County State Bank, Norma Beaver, Estherville Foods, the Eyecare Centre, and Semrad Construction.
ELC School Foundation projects include scholarships, recognition of valedictorian and salutatorian, purchasing books and extra learning materials & equipment, helping to fund field trips, and we also cover the costs for swimming lessons for the 2nd and 3rd grades at the RWC. Our Key Grants are funded by payroll deductions given to the Foundation by many employees within our school system and benefit every class from K-12. We're able to continue these projects because of our banquet sponsorships and ticket sales, from memorials, through donations of stock for estate and tax planning, and by establishing scholarships in a loved one's name. You can read more about the ELC School Foundation by visiting our website www.esthervilleschoolfoundation.com.
I would also like to say thank you to the volunteers that make up the ELC School Foundation Board of Directors. They are Theresa VerSteeg, Dave Howard, Kevin Sander, Mary Beardsley, Edith Clarken, Bernadette Duitsman, Becki Hall, Mark Henry, Jody Schroeder, Doug Wagner, Molly Jo Anderson, and Jodie Greig, our school board liaison. These people give up their time to promote the foundation's mission to improve education, and I appreciate their help and support. The board secretary is Betty Ann Rosfjord, and she's a great help with everything the board does. Thank you, Betty Ann.
Again, a sincere thank you to all who have helped our foundation grow, and to the many "Champions in Education" that give their time and support to improve our school system.
Dr. Lisa Dreeszen
President, ELC School Foundation