News and Information for the Week of November 17, 2014

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Superintendent’s Newsletter 

November 18, 2014


Generosity of the Helena Community

I recently attended the Four Georgians Awards Dinner hosted by the Rotary Club.  Seven individuals were recognized for their significant impact on the quality of life and prosperity of Helena and the continuing impact of their generosity. Each candidate was recognized for their huge commitment to Helena as well their prevailing philosophy of paying forward to this community.  Please join me in thanking these individuals, many of which you will recognize as advocates for education:
Four Georgians Lifetime Achievement Award
Loren Davis
Ronald Mercer
Alan Nicholson
Mignon Waterman
Lifetime Achievement Award for Arts & History
Robert F. Morgan
Legacy Vision Award
Lisa and Tom Cordingley
As we enter the holiday season, the importance of charitable giving is heightened because it becomes more apparent that our community has children and families in need.
When recently asked how someone could help students during this season, it was easy for me to recognize that Helena has so very many organizations and groups dedicated year round to supporting those in need.  Many groups ramp up their giving during the holidays to ensure children and families can take pleasure in the holidays.
Here are just a few groups that make a difference in the lives of our children and families, during the holidays and all year round to which we are most grateful:

  • Helena Food Share works directly with the school district to distribute food packs to roughly 850 students every Friday to make sure they have meals over the weekend.  Food Share focuses on making the holidays a little brighter for families and preparing meals a little tastier during the holiday season.
  • Another key organization for the school district is the Angel Fund, which is celebrating its 25thyear of serving our community, providing necessary items to our school children all year long.For more information on an upcoming fundraiser, call Marcia Wall at 368-2406.
  • The United Way is a lifeline for a variety of non-profit organizations that support our students and families to ensure they have the funds necessary to operate.The mission of so many service organizations like the Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, Toys for Tots, Salvation Army and many more also touch our students’ lives each day throughout the year.

I want to also recognize and thank the community for their generosity as they came together last week to provide input at a workshop hosted by the Board’s Facility Committee.  Starting at 7:30 a.m., the room was packed with 70 individuals giving their time to help solve the district’s facility challenges. 
There are many, many groups that need to be mentioned and I apologize if I’ve forgotten someone. The point that needs to be made is -- the need is real and together a difference is being made.  So, when you are out and about this holiday season and hear the ringing bells or are asked to donate, please know it does matter for students and their families.  Thank you Helena – it is because of your bighearted tradition that another child’s life can be positively changed forever.    

Kent Kultgen, Ed.D.



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