The Howard-Suamico School District is embarking on a $3.5 million educational campaign to enrich student experiences, expand faculty and staff learning opportunities, and enhance facilities, Superintendent Damian LaCroix announced today. Under the leadership of volunteer community leaders, the Upward Together: Howard-Suamico Education Campaign is a 12-month targeted fundraising effort aimed at elevating the school system to another level of excellence.
“I’m excited about where we are as a school district, and even more so about where we are headed in the coming years,” said LaCroix. “Support from our communities, our alumni and area business partners is instrumental in helping us realize our goals of becoming the best place to teach and most innovative place to learn.”
Over $1 million has already been raised through the initial phase of the campaign, including today’s announcement of a $125,000 gift from Larry and Kay Ferguson family to name the Ferguson Family Orchestra Center at Bay Port High School. In addition, the Ferguson family offered a matching gift challenge for music instruments throughout the District. Additional financial support from Bellin Health, Festival Foods, and the Green Bay Packers via the NFL Foundation Grassroots grant provided a head start in advance of the campaign’s public introduction today.
“The Upward Together campaign gives us a chance to advance opportunities for our students beyond what we are able to do under current budget restraints,” said campaign co-chair Greg Klimek, president of Klemm Tank Lines in Howard. “As a business leader and community member, I am excited to participate in this important initiative.”
The campaign kickoff celebration at Forest Glen Elementary School this morning also featured a performance by members of the Bay Port High School Orchestra under the direction of Golden Apple Award recipient, Audrey Nowak. Student leaders from each of the eight HSSD schools shared their appreciation on behalf of the District’s 6,000 students before a balloon release finale capped the event.
For more information on the Upward Together campaign or to become involved, visit www.GiveToHSSD.weebly.com.