Members of the club presented Washington County Board of Education members with the $8,000 check at the board’s December meeting. Kiwanis President Lowie van Stazeren, who is also a retired teacher, said the money will help fund more Chromebooks for the schools, bringing the system closer to the coveted one-to-one, student-to-device ratio.
While brainstorming ways to raise funds, van Stazeren said he took inspiration from a dinner-dance fundraiser used to promote Jonesborough’s summer Music on the Square series. Van Stazeren and other leaders with the Kiwanis Club adopted the idea, and the fundraiser ended up being a success.
In addition to music and catering, the event sported a silent auction full of items donated by individuals and local businesses throughout the community. Students from Lamar, Jonesborough Middle, Grandview, Daniel Boone and David Crockett high schools all came out to help serve at the event.
More than 100 people came to the event, he said, and 14 people individually sponsored Chromebooks by the end of the evening. Van Stazeren said he was blown away by the support garnered by the event, and hopes that the fundraiser is a tradition that can continue in years to come.
“We’re just grateful that the community supported the kids in the school system,” he said. “Kiwanis is all about helping kids.”
The Kiwanis Club of Jonesborough has contributed more than $14,000 to the school system. The $8,000 donation follows the announcement of $26,000 in grants through the county’s Quality Education Support for Tomorrow foundation that will also be used to improve technology in Washington County classrooms.
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