Carroll High School Foundation formed
Volunteers with strong ties to Carroll High School have formed a Carroll High School Foundation designed to serve as an mechanism for donors to contribute to the Carroll system.
Sara Anderson (left) and Shellie Haluska (right) are the leaders of a new Carroll High School Foundation. Haluska is president of the foundation and Anderson vice president. Daily Times Herald photo by Douglas Burns
The organization is intended to fund or enhance programs beyond the scope of taxpayer-supported education and lift the high school, middle school and grade schools in the Carroll Community School District.
“There are needs that are outside the school budget,” said Shellie Haluska, president of the Carroll High School Foundation and a 2006 CHS graduate. “There are a lot of people out there that would love to give to Carroll High, leave a legacy there.”
Funds may be used for the following programs and can specifically be directed by donors: scholarships, equipment purchases, technology advances, athletic programs, fine arts, special projects, teacher excellence and donor requests.
“There’s nothing more important in a person’s life than an education,” said Sara Anderson, vice president of the foundation and a 1964 CHS graduate.
Over the past several months, Anderson and Haluska met with other Carroll High School supporters to launch the foundation. Other founding members of the board are: Robert Peters, secretary; Brian Fleshner, treasurer; and Douglas Burns, director. All are CHS graduates and Carroll County residents.
Peters, a Carroll attorney, did the legal leg work to establish the organization, which many other public schools in Iowa already have in place. The directors saw missed opportunities for donations, something Peters witnessed first hand with clients who wanted to contribute in their wills to CHS or lower grades but had no effective way of doing so.
The foundation is expected to meet next year to consider the addition of more members to its board of directors as well as goals on fundraising and program development.
The board reached out to CHS graduates at recent reunion and homecoming events and already has raised money.
Those interested in supporting the foundation can do so in many ways such as: trusts and wills, cash, negotiable securities, memorials, insurance policies, real estate, tangible personal property and matching gifts.
Board members oversee the funds which are handled separately from the school district funding supported by tax dollars.
For more information on donating, contact Haluska at (712) 792-6520. To contribute, send checks made payable to the Carroll High School Foundation to Edward Jones – Shellie Haluska, Attn: Carroll High School Foundation, P.O. Box 624, Carroll, Iowa 51401.
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