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  • Tehya Tournier

A Night To Remember

This fall has held a theme of many different wins. Together, as a community of the Cedar Valley, we have accomplished so much. Being in Waterloo means being bold, innovative, creative, and a hard worker who exceeds expectations.

These words and many more describe our Waterloo schools, teachers, staff, and students. The Waterloo Schools Foundation has been proud to support and encourage those of the WCSD. Hitting our $2 Millionth Milestone is an accomplishment we wouldn’t have been able to do without all of you.

Last Thursday evening, November 10th, WSF celebrated investing our 2 millionth dollar into the Waterloo Schools. In the early planning stages, Executive Director, Hannah Luce and I didn’t know what to expect from this event. Yet, somehow, through all the nerves leading up until the clock struck 5, all of our expectations were exceeded. The food, the people, the atmosphere, and our speakers were nothing but wonderful. As one of our attendees said, “it felt like a family reunion, we are all back together again.”

The WSF staff and board want you, our community - teachers, administrators, principals, support staff, parents, students, donors, and sponsors - to know we couldn’t have made it to this milestone without you. This night would not have been possible without your consistent support and generosity. From partners like Amperage and Strategic Imaging for design and printing needs to the Culinary and Hospitality students and staff of the Waterloo Career Center, these groups gave an insight as to what we, as a foundation, support in the district. Everyone’s creativity and work ethic did not go unnoticed and we cannot be more grateful for those who brought our ideas to life!

It was a night filled with joy and excitement, not only to acknowledge how WSF made it to gifting our 2 million dollars to the Waterloo Schools but to let our supporters and community know that we are not finished.

As a school district and foundation, we have a partnership of upward momentum moving toward innovation, challenging the status quo, and bettering the public education system for future generations to come for our Waterloo staff and students. Let’s continue to set standards and goals to accomplish more small and big wins. And, as Luce said Thursday evening, maybe even another million in 3 years because we are not done yet. We’re just getting started!

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