Tonight we held a much needed meeting for the Odebolt Arthur Education Foundation. We met in the Conference room at the OA School with Pam Hansen, Kristy Dewey, Bob Auen, and myself in attendence. Our first order of business was to approve me as president to be on the signature card at United Bank of Iowa so that both Pam and I can take care of business as needed. Much discussion was held in regards to the confusion of many community members as to what our education foundation is as opposed to the OABCIG Scholarship Foundation. The difference of the two is that the OABCIG is strictly for scholarships given out to the graduating seniors. The OA Education Foundation is for materials, equipment, projects, etc. to enhance the learning opportunities for ALL students helping out the district beyond what the school district operates on using their general funds. Therefore, we are helping all students while they are in school as opposed to scholarships to help pay for college for the kids graduating. We are very definately very separate entities, and both very worthy causes.
We have built up our Endowment Fund to a little over $10,000 so we are now able to draw out 5% each year. Therefore, we agreed that we should go ahead and offer a mini-grant for up to $500 for the K - 8 programs here at OA. Applications from staff will be accepted up through April 30th of this year, and the award given out by the end of the school year.
It was agreed that we need to get information out again about GoodSearch and GoodShop as it is absolutely FREE money back to the school district just for using this service. There is NO cost to anyone. I will be checking with the school to see if this toolbar can be set up on all the school's computers.
My plans are to visit with the school board as well to see if we can get a little support from our board and the administration.....as I'm not sure that some of the newer members are even aware of the fact that we are working with them to help provide for our students. Enough said. More later.... Carol Auen