IOWA LUTHERAN SCHOOL PAYS IT FORWARD WITH $100,000 CALLING ALL COMMUNITIES WINNINGS
NEWHALL, Iowa, April 19, 2010 – Central Lutheran School in Newhall is on a mission to spread the wealth from its $100,000 U.S. Cellular Calling All Communities winnings.
The school has devoted 10 percent of its grand prize to worthy causes at home and around the globe. Each grade from preschool through eight received $1,000 to give to a person, organization or several individuals.
"I told them to decide as a group, be creative and report back to me with their results," Central Lutheran Principal Jan Doellinger said. "We are helping our kids learn that as we have been blessed, we can be a blessing to others."
Here is a breakdown of how each grade decided to share the money:
Preschool – $500 to Jennifer Anderson, a missionary in Kazakhstan with LCMS World Missions, and $500 to Lutheran Bible Translators for Martin and Joan Weber.
Kindergarten – $600 to the Atkins Helping Hands Food Pantry and $400 to Kids Against Hunger.
First Grade – $500 to Anderson and $500 to Paul and Ali Federwitz, missionaries in Ghana for Lutheran Bible Translators.
Second Grade – $1,000 to Anderson.
Third Grade – $500 to Camp Courageous and $500 to earthquake relief efforts in Chile.
Fourth Grade – $500 to Anderson, $250 to Good Shepherd Lutheran School in Pekin, Ill., to help build a new school and $250 to the Jenni Williamson music ministry.
Fifth Grade – $900 to the Federwitzs and $100 to Kids Against Hunger.
Sixth Grade – $500 to Kids Against Hunger and $500 to LCMS World Missions.
Seventh Grade – $1,000 to Anderson.
Eighth Grade – $500 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and $500 to the Kirovskoe Orphanage Project in Kyrgyzstan.
The remaining $90,000 will go toward a new gymnasium and kitchen remodel. The school has more than $600,000 in pledges for its capital campaign.
"This gift really gave our capital campaign a shot in the arm," Doellinger said. "We are off to a fabulous start."
In mid-February, Iowa Gov. Chet Culver joined U.S. Cellular CEO John E. Rooney and area associates when they ambushed a concert at the 133-student Central Lutheran School and delivered the $100,000 surprise. U.S. Cellular awarded $1 million to 10 schools throughout the country for a second straight year through its Calling All Communities campaign. Central Lutheran was one of the 10 schools that received the most votes.
This year's voter participation nearly quadrupled with 430,000 votes cast for 6,800-plus schools nationwide. More than 1,000 schools in Iowa joined the campaign.
Central Lutheran rallied voter support by getting its alumni involved, using Facebook and rallying area churches.
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