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ELC Foundation launches Web site

By Staff | Sep 29, 2009

The Estherville Lincoln Central School Foundation has launched a new Web site to help inform the public about the foundation and to accept contributions for student scholarships and educational enrichment.

Located at esthervilleschoolfoundation.com, the Web site home page prominently displays a banner with a picture of a student. The foundation mission is: The Estherville Lincoln Central Community School Foundation seeks to form partnerships among students, educators, and community patrons in securing funds for the promotion of educational excellence.

The foundation outlines several primary goals:

n Enhancement of academic programs.

n Funding for faculty development.

n Improved school facilities and projects.

n Special community educational programs.

n Scholarships.

The foundation is a working partner with the ELC Athletic Booster Club and patrons of the Fine Arts.

The foundation will hold its annual Champions in Education banquet tonight at the Estherville Elks Lodge. Social hour starts at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. A program and dessert auction will follow the dinner.

The banquet tonight will honor the Hugh and Jan Greig family for their contributions to the foundation.

The banquet is also sponsored by local businesses and individuals.

The foundation provides scholarships each year. Visit the Web site for further scholarship information.

ELC Superintendent Dick Magnuson said by providing scholarships and Key Grants the foundation is able to help in many areas that the district can’t.

Scholarships donated by individuals through the foundation include:

n George Hess Scholarship.

n Motor Inn Scholarship.

n Mildred Stowe Scholarship.

n John and Michelle Wood Scholarship.

n ELC Foundation Scholarship.

n Hazel Griffis Scholarship.

The foundation gave $5,000 in Key Grant awards in 2007 and $4,500 in 2008. Past Key Grants have gone for elementary swim lessons for second- and third-graders at the Regional Wellness Center; books; supplemental materials and field trips to Pioneer Village in Worthington, Minn., the Science Center in Minneapolis, Living History Farms in West Des Moines and to Ames.

“Every little bit really helps,” Magnuson said.