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Garner-Hayfield Education Foundation

Garner-Hayfield Education Foundation

...investing in quality education for our community's future.
The Garner-Hayfield Education Foundation mission states:   
'"The purpose of the Garner-Hayfield Education Foundation is to enrich quality education in our children's future." 
We devote our time, talents, and resources to ensuring a top-quality education for students of the Garner-Hayfield-Ventura Community School District. 
Additionally, we seek to ensure those education area youth are recognized for their efforts and awarded for their successes. 
Who we are:
The Garner-Hayfield Education Foundation was organized in 1997.  Its purpose is to seek additional funds for students and services in the Garner-Hayfield-Ventura CSD.  The G-H Education Foundation is a tax-free corporation. Accordingly, donations made to the organization are tax-deductible.
The Foundation, an entity separate and distinct from the District's School Board, is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of business persons, educators, and community members living or working within the Garner-Hayfield-Ventura School District. 
How we do it: 
The Board of Directors for the Foundation meets regularly to identify academic projects or departments in need of additional financial resources.  When funds are available and if the request is appropriate and consistent with our mission, we work to provide funding.  The funds we distribute to various school projects or extra-curricular activities come solely from donations.
We take our responsibility of being the steward for those who entrust their money to the Foundation very seriously to ensure that donations made to the Foundation will be used as requested by the donor.
What we ask of you:
The Foundation requests donations from community members, former graduates of GHVHS, and family and friends of said graduates.  Whether your donation is an annual $10.00 donation or a large bequest via your last will and testament, your support is greatly appreciated.  
Mr. Tyler Williams, Superintendent of Schools 
605 West Lyons Street
Garner, IA 50438
Phone: 641-923-2718 
Successful Initiatives:
Cargo Trailer 
In 2003, the Estate of Marjorie Elling left $10,600.00 to the Foundation to be used in accordance with specific instruction left by way of Ms. Elling's Last Will and Testament.  Following a period of due diligence and great interaction with the District's music department, a Kiefer Built trailer was purchased for purposes of transporting band instruments and other music equipment to various concerts, parades, and contests. 
Frances Wrede Goll Gray Scholarship:
In 2003, Mr. Bob Gray, husband of Frances, provided to the Foundation a $470,000.00 check for purposes of endowing scholarships for graduates of Garner-Hayfield.  Applicants are required to have a veteran in their immediate family and must provide an explanation as to how the money will be used for their educational purposes.  The scholarship can be received by any particular graduate as many as four times in a ten year period.  The first scholarship was awarded in 2005.  To date more than $159,000.00 has been distributed to GHHS graduates for post-secondary education. 
Frances Wellik Scholarship: 
The Foundation received $121,118.30 in 2012, from the Frances Wellik Estate to be endowed for scholarships for Garner-Hayfield-Ventura graduates.  The recipients of the scholarships will be chosen by a select committee as assigned by Ms. Wellik's Last Will and Testament.  The first scholarships were awarded in 2014. 
Lucile R. Wesson: 
In 2003, the estate of Lucile R. Wesson left $144,572.43 to the Garner-Hayfield Education Foundation to be used for equipment and uniforms for the Garner-Hayfield-Ventura high school and middle school bands.  The principal has been invested and the band department will benefit annually from the interest earned.
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