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Foundation To Host Fundraiser Saturday

By Staff | Feb 28, 2008

For rural schools, the ongoing battle of providing the best quality education for our youth is priority number one. But in these times of tight budgets and rising costs, the best intentions are sometime left wanting for a lack of funds. However, patrons of the Graettinger/Terril Community School District will have a special opportunity this weekend to help the students of the district in this ongoing effort.

Since the two districts began sharing, the school has enjoyed several successes. Among those are the introduction of pre-school for three and four-year olds in both communities in the school facilities. Additionally, a post-secondary educational opportunity program has been implemented where students are able to attend classes at Iowa Lakes Community College to gain college credit along with their high school courses. Currently, 70 percent of the juniors and seniors at Graettinger/Terril are enrolled in post-secondary courses, with three students graduating last year with 30 college credits in hand.

Graettinger/Terril students have enjoyed successes in the athletic arena as well, including the girls State Basketball Championship in Class A for 2007, as well as Knight wrestlers qualifying for the State Dual Team Tournament and an individual state wrestling championship in 2007. The Graettinger/Terril FFA enjoys considerable success and is one of the top chapters in the state.

The foundation has also assisted in the purchase of new computers for the school’s computer lab, online education room and for staff members, and has also worked to ensure that the district has the most current technology available, including wireless networks in each facility.

But to provide such assistance, funds are required, and fundraising is an ongoing concern for any group. This year, the Graettinger/Terril School Foundation has come up with a Benefit Auction fundraiser, set for this Saturday night, March 1, at the Graettinger American Legion post. The event is relying on the generosity of district patrons as well as alumni, to donate items for the auction event.

“We’ve had pretty good response to letters we sent out,” noted Lisa Hovinga, a member of the organizing committee. “We’ve received donations from alumni of money and goods, and the committee has gone out and obtained lots of items for the live and silent auctions.”

The evening’s activities will start at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday with a pork loin meal at the Legion. The meal, sponsored by the Foundation and the Knight Booster Club, will precede the auction, which begins at 7 p.m.

The actual auction will feature both live and silent components. The Silent Auction will feature numerous items of collegiate apparel, including T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and the like. Lots of other items, such as certificates will also be available on the silent auction tables.

The live auction will feature some great one-of-a-kind items, including a football autographed by the 2007 Green Bay Packers. Another item features four reserved seat tickets to the World of Outlaws sprint cars at Knoxville Raceway. A leather computer chair, a new Dell Computer, load of gravel and eight tickets to a concert by county music legend Lee Greenwood at the Wild Rose Casino are among other items that will go on the benefit auction block.

Handling the auctioneering duties on Saturday will be two alumni of the Graettinger/Terril schools, Steve Clark of Terril and Sham Brown of Graettinger.

“We’ve got lots of items and there really is something for everyone,” Hovinga noted.

Persons who want to assist this effort with a donation or gift are asked to contact Hovinga at 712-859-3219.