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Small group, big reach: ISD 300 Foundation to hold annual fundraiser May 18

Braeden Fields For the Houston County NewsMay 17, 2019

Looking for something new and a little different to do? On Saturday, May 18, you can get a little taste of the tropics in an evening of excitement — all without leaving La Crescent.

The ISD 300 Foundation is holding its annual wine tasting event at 5:30 p.m. at the La Crescent Community Arena, 520 S. 14th St. The planned theme this year is a Hawaiian Luau. The event is casual and anyone can attend, though it is geared towards adults as alcohol will be served. The luau theme provides a creative twist to the beer and wine tasting event that ISD300 organizes every year. In addition to wine and beer samples, and a traditional catered pig roast, there will also be a silent auction offering donated prizes from community members and local businesses. Another option is to buy tickets from the raffle drawing to win fantastic prizes, including a fishing pole, large cooler, and kayak. Many different things will be going all evening, including music and dancing. Tickets can be purchased from a board member, or at the door during the event.

The ISD300 Foundation is a non-profit board of community members focused on raising money and funds for the La Crescent-Hokah School District. One focus is raising money for Apple Grants. Apple Grants are grants that provide extra funding for special projects and needs for the school, classrooms, and staff. According to board member Kelly Fabian: “Apple Grants serve as an incentive for staff to go the extra mile for students in the district. Grants can be for projects and materials not covered by annual operating dollars such as book bags, enrichment experiences, teaching and learning activities, as well as various other much needed items.”

Another way the ISD300 foundation benefits the school and community is through the “Wall of Excellence.” This is a program that the foundation has built where they can honor those active in the community or school. According to Fabian: “We believe it is important to recognize those who have contributed significantly to our community. Therefore, each year we hold our Wall of Excellence event to recognizes staff, alumni, and friends of the La Crescent-Hokah School District who have contributed significantly to community or career.” Anyone in the community can nominate an individual for the Wall of Excellence.

The ISD300 Foundation has another important function. It helps provide scholarships for La Crescent-Hokah High School students. Last year it gave more than $10,000 in scholarships. These scholarships are all unique and open to all La Crescent-Hokah students. Fabian explained: “Each scholarship has its own set of criteria, but in general we look at volunteerism, community service, school involvement, financial need and GPA.” Generous past and present members of the community have provided the funds and opportunities for local students to assure funding their future post secondary education plans.

If you are interested, the ISD300 Foundation is always looking for new members, help with fundraising and functions, or just attending events like the annual Wall of Excellence banquet or the wine and beer tasting event . They have accomplished a lot, and will continue to give back to the community every year through events, grants, scholarships, and more.

“We are a small organization, but we have a big reach in our community,” Fabian said.

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