Delton Kellogg Schools
In June of 2014, several members of the Delton community began to meet to discuss the opportunity to create an Educational Foundation for the students of Delton Kellogg Schools. Enthusiasm grew quickly, and on August 19th, the Delton Kellogg Education Foundation (DKEF) was formed and established a Board of Directors. Several structures of the Foundation were explored, and it was decided on September 9th to enter into an affiliation agreement with the Barry Community Foundation (BCF).
Laurie Tamez, CPA, Jean Gemrich, CPA, retired attorneys Al Gemrich and Dave Cornell, Trust officer Randy Teegardin, Interim Superintendent and founder of the Hastings Education Enrichment Foundation Carl Schoessel and Bonnie Gettys provided professional advice for the group to make certain that decisions made would be the best possible scenario for the community. Marsha Bassett, Gary Buckland, David Stoll and Laurie Tamez will serve on the Executive committee. Additionally, Julie Osgood, Cheryl Bower, Jan Hartough and Connie High will round out the Board, while Clint Waller, Carl Schoessel, Jerry McCoy, Deb & Dave Jackson, Fred Pessell, Vic Haas, Dave Cornell, Al Gemrich, Mark Feldpausch, Junior Homister, Carles Hicks, Rick Buller and Bonnie Gettys have offered time and talents to help kick start this organization.
“The experiences of affiliations have taught us much about the value of local boards, local investment and local school districts. Delton Kellogg has a long history of Panther Pride and is a shining example of people caring for people. We are honored to partner with them.”
said Bonnie Hildreth, President of BCF.
“This exciting development has been nurtured, and carefully considered,” said Marsha Bassett, Chairperson of DKEF. “This affiliation will allow DKEF to immediately engage our efforts to have an impact on our students this school year. We will be able to address area community educational needs and involve local community members and leaders who have a passion for our hometown, some of them being alumni or educators within the system themselves. To create such an organization has been a dream of mine for years. I am thrilled to see it unfold and finally become a reality for the Delton Kellogg School community. The support of this community never ceases to amaze me!” added Bassett.
Thanks to the Barry County Telephone Company/MEI every dollar donated to DKEF will be matched up to $15,000 from now until the end of the year. Funds collected will be used to provide 19 – $1,000 scholarships to Delton Kellogg graduating seniors as well as fund classroom grants for the district.
So, all gifts that are given to the DKEF Fund (071) will be matched $1 for $1 until December 31st!