Columbus School Endowment Hosting Cardinal Apple Award Program

(Columbus) Today is the deadline to register for a fundraiser for the Columbus School District Endowment. The fund was established in 2013 after the district received an unexpected bequest of around $80-thousand dollars from a local family. Endowment Board Chair Pete Kaland (pictured) says the projects approved all enhance education with creative, hands-on programming beyond what could be funded in a typical school budget. That includes books and technology investments, an all-inclusive playground for special education students and events intended to make history come alive. For example, fourth graders recently learned about fur-trading hundreds of years ago from re-enactors and their Voyager canoe. In an effort to bolster the Columbus School District Endowment, a recognition fundraiser is planned later this month. The Endowment board will be handing out its first-ever Cardinal Apple Award to an outstanding educator. The first recipient is Dick Mortimer, who began his career in Columbus in 1948. Over the years, the 96-year-old served as a vocational agriculture teacher, high school principal and superintendent. The Columbus School District Endowment’s Cardinal Apple Award’s program will be held on Saturday, March 10 at the Columbus Country Club from 2pm-to-5pm. Today is the deadline to RSVP through the school district. Tickets are $25 though sponsorships at any contribution level are encouraged.

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Columbus Education Endowment

PO Box 372

Columbus, WI  53925