Waterloo Schools Foundation marks $1,000,000 milestone

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- The Waterloo Schools Foundation has approved its $1 millionth donation to the Waterloo Community School District.

Dedicated to supporting local, public education, the Waterloo Schools Foundation works to ensure all students have the academic resources needed to thrive. Over the last five years, the organization has funded 65 teacher grants, 31 student grants and eight district-wide initiatives, totaling $1,001,933.

“We are incredibly excited to reach this milestone,” stated Emily Hanson, Executive Director of the Waterloo Schools Foundation. “A community is only as strong as its schools. We are happy to invest in the exceptional students, teachers and administrators of Waterloo.”

The Waterloo Schools Foundation funds a variety of academic programs and pilot projects that would otherwise be unavailable to students. “Our partnership with the Waterloo Schools Foundation is invaluable,” said Dr. Jane Lindaman, Waterloo Community School District Superintendent. “We are able to accomplish tasks much faster with their help. They fund innovative ideas and initiatives that we would not be able to fund without their support.”

The Foundation’s latest donation supports twice exceptional education. Twice exceptional students are formally identified as (1) gifted and (2) special needs. While Iowa does not require twice exceptional education, it is nationally regarded as one of the largest underserved populations in education. This is one of the first twice exceptional programs in Iowa. The Waterloo Community School District would not be able to implement the program without the support of the Waterloo Schools Foundation and its generous donors, Steve and Becky Gearhart.