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R-III Foundation offers students more opportunities

Posted on Monday, April 29, 2013 at 8:27 am

Music provided by the TBHS Jazz Ensemble set the mood for a wonderful dinner at the Lincoln County R-III Education Foundation Dinner. The Lincoln County R-III Education Foundation is an independent non-for-profit corporation promoting quality education in the Lincoln County R-III School District. The Foundation’s main goal is to provide supplemental financial support to the Lincoln County R-III School District.

The dinner was originally scheduled for February 22, but due to inclement weather the Foundation had to reschedule their dinner for Tuesday, April 23. Before dinner was served Erin Surls, a third grade student at Boone Elementary, gave the invocation. Members of Key Club, dressed to resemble waiters/waitresses at a fine restaurant, as they served dinner.

After guests had finished eating and the plates had been picked up it was time for James Bertels the emcee for the night to take over. He started by playing his guitar and singing a song, which guests thoroughly enjoyed. Then he announced the next speaker, Education Foundation President, Tracy Black.

Tracy, a graduate of Buchanan High School, talked about her affinity for the Troy R-III District Schools and education as well. She thanked the School Board and Superintendent Penny who were instrumental in establishing the Education Foundation. Tracy also thanked all the members of the Steering Committee that worked so hard to take the Education Foundation from dream to reality.

Mark Penny then spoke about how wonderful it was to work with all the members of the Foundation. He thanked everyone who listened and recognized the need for the Foundation and the benefits it would provide to the Lincoln County R-III School District.

Pat Flynn, a Buchanan High School graduate, was the keynote speaker. Pat talked about the opportunities the Troy R-III School District gave to him as a youth. He then spoke of the Foundation’s ability to expand on these opportunities for future students in the district. Pat also made it known that the Foundation’s ability to help the district depends purely on the community’s donations of both time and money to the Education Foundation.

Luke Mattingly, a sixth grade student at Troy Middle School, and Kyle Allen, an agriculture teacher at Troy Middle School, spoke of the benefits the Foundation would provide the district with additional funding of technology. Technology is one of the many areas the Education Foundation would like to provide additional funding. Luke talked about the benefits of students being able to use tablets and E-readers instead of books and Kyle demonstrated how the agriculture department was already implementing tablets into their curriculum.

Lauren Henrikson gave recognition to funding donors and also spoke of the need for more funding and support in order to make the Education Foundation a success.

The Education Foundation, which has already raised more than $100,000, is a wonderful opportunity for members of the community to give back to the Lincoln County R-III School District. It is also a way to ensure our children are able to receive an up to date and competitive education that will allow them to have a more successful future. Through the Education Foundation’s supplemental support to the Lincoln County R-III School District they are ensuring the district’s educational efforts and maintaining the district’s ability to remain competitive.