ERIC Number: EJ999520
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Grassroots Philanthropy on the Prairie
Marshall, Joanne M.
Educational Horizons, v91 n2 p11-15 Dec 2012-Jan 2013
Twenty-one students were homeless. One student had asked a cafeteria worker on a Friday afternoon for leftover food to take home for the weekend. Those were among the facts that high school English teacher Ann Haugland heard at a professional development event in her Boone, Iowa, Community School District. "I couldn't sleep that night," Haugland said. The next morning, she presented her superintendent with a plan of a one-day fundraiser for needy students in the district. The superintendent gave permission, but said the fundraising had to be separate from the school's own foundation. Haugland quickly found three other teachers--Rhonda Getschman, Jane Dupuis, and Georgiann Hagen--who were willing to help organize a fundraiser the following month. They asked departments in the schools to donate gift baskets to be auctioned. They also ran a coffee shop and bake sale, serving coffee and hot cider in mugs that people could keep. They raised $15,000. Rather than make this a one-time, feel-good event, the teachers saw the potential for doing more. So, they started their own philanthropy. This article describes how this group of teachers leads a community to band together to provide for the urgent needs of its least fortunate students.
Descriptors: Community Schools, Private Financial Support, Fund Raising, Disadvantaged, Homeless People, Youth Problems, Community Action, Community Coordination, Group Dynamics, Social Services
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iowa