Waukee Community Schools Foundation Raises $83,000 for Waukee Community School District

The Waukee Community Schools Foundation 20th Annual Dinner & Auction Gala recently raised $83,000 for the Waukee Community School District (WCSD) to benefit schools, teachers and students. “It was our second-largest fundraiser in the twenty years this event has been held,” said West Des Moines attorney Ward Rouse, who sits on the board of the Waukee Community Schools Foundation. “Funds raised from this event go a long way in helping the district to meet the demands of a growing and dynamic school district like Waukee.”

“It was our second-largest fundraiser in the twenty years this event has been held,” said West Des Moines attorney Ward Rouse, who sits on the board of the Waukee Community Schools Foundation. “Funds raised from this event go a long way in helping the district to meet the demands of a growing and dynamic school district like Waukee.”

Waukee Community Schools Foundation supports the school district in three primary areas: scholarships to each Waukee High School graduate that qualifies, and to date has awarded over $726,000 to its graduates; grants to teachers and staff for professional development and continuing education. Since 2012 the foundation has granted nearly $70,000 in continuing education and professional development funds for teachers and classroom grants for items and technology the district isn’t able to fund.

“Since 2012, the foundation has given nearly $40,000 for classroom items such as 3D printers, router tables, early literacy programs, digital cameras, programs for PE, theater sets, and computer software,” added Rouse.

This year’s event was also the first time the foundation granted the Dr. David Wilkerson award, which went to recently retired superintendent Dr. Wilkerson. “Next year, and each year thereafter, this special award will be granted to one teacher in our school district that displays the same selflessness, community awareness and innovative leadership that Dr. Wilkerson has shown throughout his years with the school district,” concluded Rouse. “The winner gets a $1,000 classroom grant.”

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