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Column: Class members give back to school through fund grants

11:25 AM, Jul. 16, 2013  |  Comments
Amber Leifheit
Amber Leifheit
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The Marshfield Area Community Foundation has more than 110 funds, each with its own purpose and identity.

One of our funds, the Marshfield High School Alumni Fund, was set up by graduates from Marshfield High School's Class of 1954. Carol Seehafer, one of people who established this fund, said when the Class of 1954 was attending its 40th reunion, members discovered that a very high percentage of the class had gone to college, graduate school and beyond. They felt they owed their success to the superb teaching and instruction they received while at Marshfield High School. They wanted to give back to the school that had given them such a good start, setting up a fund that would award grants to teachers at Marshfield High School.

The grant program was designed to enhance and reward innovative teaching, learning and special motivational activities at the high school and middle school levels.

The fund has given 22 grants for more than $20,000 during the past 10 years. The fund has sponsored a very diverse range of projects. It has supported students receiving poetry instruction and inspiration from a American Players Theatre guest speaker, equipment for the physics lab to study car collisions and structural design, the purchase of graphing calculators for the chemistry laboratory, a ceramic tile mural, a landscaping project for the area around the Marshfield High School sign, a grant to help the Marshfield Outdoor Learning Sanctuary construct an outdoor science classroom and even CPR and basic first aid for middle school students.

Wow, how fortunate we are to have caring individuals such as the members of this group! They realized what a good education they received and wanted to give back to the school in such a way that the students of MHS would benefit.

This year, the fund has funded two very exciting projects. Jim Bokern, a social science teacher at MHS, applied for funding to help improve student performance on the ACT for MHS students who struggle the most. Caleb Henderson, a technology education teacher at MHS, applied for funding for 3D scanning equipment to enrich the experience of students in engineering classes. What great teachers and a great way to enhance learning!

The fund advisers have reached out to other graduating classes, to give back to MHS, for their great education, through this fund. If you are interested in donating to this worthy cause, please contact the Marshfield Area Community Foundation.

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