Community Impact Statements

New Richland Community Impact 2010

The collaborative effort of the E. F. Johnson Fund, the WAF-Rosenau Fund, the New Richland Fund, and the Southern Minnesota Initiative Fund made it possible to reach out to our neighbors in New Richland with $40,000 for the repair and renovation of the New Richland Care Center that was hit by major flood devastation in September 2010.

Schoolwide Reading Program 

The Waseca Area Foundation and the Traverse Des Sioux Library System enriched the lives of the Waseca Junior High students and staff as well as numerous community members by providing general grants to fund the School-wide Reading Program at Waseca Junior High, as well as the community outreach of this reading program.  Funding made possible the purchase of books, Is It Night or Day? and Motherland, as well as the services of the author, Fern Schumer Chapman, who captivated students and adults alike as she poignantly shared her mother's Holocaust experience through words and pictures.

Our community is fortunate to receive the support of the Waseca Area Foundation which invests in our community and enriches the opportunities for its citizens.  Likewise, the Traverse Des Sioux grant also made this opportunity possible.  Heartfelt thanks are extended to both of these entities.

David Oraskovich, Waseca Junior High School English Teacher  

Letter to the Editor at Waseca County News 03/09/11

Here's to Our Heroes - Reading Saves the Day

Hartley Elementary students and staff continue to be gifted by many wonderful people.  It warms my heart to know that our students receive the support of so many friends of education.

Our reading theme this year at Hartley Elementary is "Here's to Our Heroes - Reading Saves the Day". Our students are learning more about the jobs and special ways the "Waseca Community Heroes" impact our lives in such positive ways.

On February 2, Hartley Elementary hosted "Hartley's Hero Day"!  25 of our local Waseca Heroes came to share a bit about their community experiences/jobs and read books to a classroom full of excited students! On behalf of ALL of the students and staff at Hartley Elementary, I want to thank all of the "Hometown Heroes" that shared their time and expertise with us.  We recognize that the job YOU do is vital to the success of our community.  YOU are a HERO and we enjoyed the opportunity to learn the importance of being a local hero and taking an active role in our community!

Hartley Elementary staff awards "Reading Winners" with a ride home from school in a fire truck!  Gary Conrath has helped us coordinate this reading event and our students anxiously await the announcement of the winners for this prize! Thanks, Waseca Firefighters!

A special note of thanks goes to the Waseca Area Foundation and the Hartley PTO.  The WAF has generously accepted our request for interdisciplinary science opportunities to enhance our curriculum. Each grade level had the opportunity to work with the MN Zoo Staff or the Science Museum of MN staff on a specific unit.

I am proud to be a part of such a caring community!

Deb Hoelmer, Hartley/JH Media Director

Letter to the Editor at Waseca County News 03/01/11






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