Date: July 1st, 2013

With Sincere Appreciation – A Celebration of Success


From left: Curt Bisarek, Hillsboro district administrator, looks on as Tom Schraufnagel, technology education teacher, receives a grant to support activities in his classroom from Andy Peterson, co-chair of the Hillsboro Excellence in Education Fund Advisory Board.

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The Hillsboro Excellence in Education Advisory Board hosted an Appreciation Dinner for the 67 charter donors who – through their donations – successfully created the Hillsboro Scholarship Endowment and the Hillsboro Excellence in Education Endowment.

In welcoming the donors, Andy Peterson, fund co-chair noted, “We are here to thank you. When we began to meet and talk about this initiative, I felt that we would be able to generate the $20,000 in donations necessary to establish a scholarship endowment. But you, the people that make this community a special place to live, did far more than that. Due to your generosity, we have established both an endowment for scholarships AND an endowment to fund special projects in the schools, proposed by the staff that work with our children.”

Dan Ravenscroft, fund co-chair, offered thanks to everyone in attendance and mentioned a number of people and groups whose assistance was invaluable. Specifically he acknowledged Curt Bisarek for taking action on an idea that he had been incubating for over 20 years. Ravenscroft also made mention of the tremendous support of area media and the local service clubs in helping to spread the word about the initiative. He offered special thanks to Karen Theis for her work in assembling contact information; Eva Black for creating the Hillsboro Excellence in Education logo; and Snapper and Kim Verbsky for making the Hillsboro Brewing Company available for the appreciation dinner.

Ravenscroft also mentioned the important of the group’s Kwik Trip gift card program noting, “Tonight’s event is possible because many people in this community have purchased Kwik Trip gift cards through our advisory board. The program returns 10% of sales to our organization. It is these funds that have been used to fund this event, the donor recognition wall that is outside the gymnasium at the school, and our costs of printing and mailing.”

The event was highlighted with an announcement of donations in action. Co-Chair Peterson noted, “Due to your generosity, seven (7) students from the Class of 2013 will receive scholarships at Commencement. Also, we are pleased to award one grant for a special project in technology education to Tom Schraufnagel. This grant will be used to purchase equipment to supplement the transportation unit.”

Kim Verbsky offered closing remarks saying, “Everyday I am glad that I made the decision to move here to live, work, and raise my family. People in this community care about the community and the school. They care about each other and the success of this initiative is a visible example of that caring.”

The Hillsboro Excellence in Education Fund and Hillsboro Scholarship Fund are components of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., a tax-exempt public charity. For more information or to make a donation to the Funds, contact advisor board co-chair Dan Ravencroft, advisory board co-chair Andy Peterson, or CFSW Donor Services Representative Barb Daus ([email protected] or 608-778-3344).

Donations to the fund can be sent to Hillsboro Excellence in Education & Scholarship Funds, PO Box 526, Hillsboro, WI 54634. Kwik Trip gift cards that will benefit the Hillsboro Excellence in Education Fund are on sale at the Hillsboro Schools District Office and at Farmers State Bank in Hillsboro.. Questions and requests for more information can be directed to Carol Jeffries at Farmers State Bank (608-489-2621) or Curt Bisarek at the school district office (608-489-2221).