Date: October 21st, 2016

North Crawford Community Education Foundation Established

It’s highly likely that you’ve heard the famous Margaret Mead quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”advisory_cropped

That quote most assuredly describes the work of the newly formed North Crawford Community Education Foundation advisory board.  This very dedicated and passionate board (pictured here) includes Chuck Bolstad, Chair; Rick Busch, Vice Chair; Margaret Davidson, Secretary; Dan Everson; Joe Friar; Lynn Harden; Harry Heisz; Darlene Mickelson; and Vickie Stevenson.  This group is working to spread the word that there’s a new way to support the North Crawford Schools and its students.  They believe that it is both necessary and possible to build endowments to support school excellence and to support scholarships.  Endowments are FOR GOOD, FOR EVER as only the “earnings” are available to spend.  Those annual earnings would be used to fund grants, proposed by those in the school, that distinguish and improve the quality and position of the school and its programs and to fund post-secondary school scholarships (university and technical school) for North Crawford graduates.

In speaking of their decision to embrace this concept and the newly formed Foundation, Chuck & Karen Bolstad noted, “Two things that have always been important to us are helping as many students gain scholarships as possible and helping teachers enrich their classrooms.  We understand the financial background of North Crawford students, and we believe that scholarship dollars are important as a financial hand up for students.  Scholarships also are a vote of confidence from the community for NC students.  We also feel that a foundation that encourages educators to create learning activities that may not be available within the school’s budget can multiply opportunities for every student involved.”

While the Foundation is being established to support the school and its students, it should be noted that it is separate from the school, school administration and the school board.  The advisory board operates independent of the school district and is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Two endowments have been established.  One – the Excellence in Education Endowment – will provide grants for innovative projects and programs within the school.  The other – the North Crawford Scholarship Endowment – will provide scholarships to students pursuing post-secondary education.  During this 2016-2017 school year, the advisory board is welcoming ‘charter donors’ to these funds.  A charter donor donates or pledges a minimum of $1000 to the Foundation with pledges payable for up to a 3-year period.

If you attended the North Crawford Homecoming parade or the Apple Festival Parade, it is possible that you have had an introduction to the North Crawford Community Education Foundation.  If this is new to you and/or you want to learn more, please contact one of the advisory board members listed earlier in the article.  This initiative is being supported by the North Crawford School.  Brandon Munson and Tarasa Lown are both available to answer questions and provide information.  There is information available online at www.cfsw.org.; simply search for North Crawford using the search feature.  You may also make an online donation at the www.cfsw.org website.  Select give now, give online and at ‘designations’ scroll to North Crawford.

Now is the time to join in this exciting initiative.  Quoting Lynn Harden, “Education is important to having a vital, vibrant community.  Making a contribution to this Foundation is a way to show this.”