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Champions in Education

Condon family are the deserving recipients

September 22, 2011
By Moriah Hawn - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

Tony, Jody and the Condon family were awarded the title of Champions in Education from the Estherville Lincoln Central Foundation for all of their support of the schools in Estherville. The Condons have been giving back to the community and the schools for quite some time now.

They have been Booster Club members for over 30 years, supporters of the fine arts for 15-20 years, and now are supporting technology for the schools.

In fact, they are sponsoring Woody's Pizza ticket books right now with all proceeds going toward the Parent Action Team. PAT will put the money towards installing Smartboards in K-4 classrooms. These boards are interactive touch screens that help the students be more involved and help speed the learning process.

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Jody and Tony Condon are the deserving recipients of the Champions in Education award.
EDN photo by Moriah Hawn

Mr. Condon himself was president and board member of the ELC community school district board of education for six years. His job was to help administration enforce policy and budgets while solving any problems that occurred.

When asked what accomplishments he had while on the board, and why he did not go for another term, Tony responded, "We had a positive administration change, set ground work for subsequent voting on bond issue for expansion of middle school, as well as an addition to Demoney Elementary. As for not going for another term, after serving for so long you start to get comfortable, and it becomes routine. Two terms of anything is long enough. Change is needed to keep moving forward," Tony said.

Jody is a school counselor at Demoney Elementary, and has been for six years now. Prior to working at Demoney she worked at Iowa Lakes Community College in the Career resource center and helped coordinate tutoring. "My favorite thing about my job is the interaction with the kids. They are all excited to learn. I have a great atmosphere here as well as wonderful teachers and staff to work alongside me," Jody said as she smiled.

"It is certainly an honor to be asked to hold the title of Champions in Education. It is also humbling because there are so many others who could have been chosen. There are quite a few who give back to the schools as well," Jody said.

"We just feel it is important for businesses and individuals to give back when you can. We feel we do not do a lot. We just do what we can to make a difference in the lives of the next generation," said the Condons on why they get involved. "We need to be good role models for children and show that it is important to be involved and give back," Jody added.

The ELC Foundation will be honoring the Condon's at the banquet at the Elks Lodge on Sept. 27. Social hour is at 6:30 p.m. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are available now for $20 from Fifth Street Salon, or at the ELC district central office in the North Roosevelt building at 315 N. Sixth St. There will be tickets available at the door as well. If you are attending the banquet, you will be giving back as well, since all proceeds go to ELC. Every little bit counts when it comes to supporting your schools and community.

 
 
 

 

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