September 27, 2020

The Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation is releasing a new video to showcase the district, and it would not have been made possible without the help of the “Innovative Marketing” class at Shenandoah High School.

The foundation’s executive director Jamie Burdorf reached out to teacher Julie Mount about the class, and asked if the promotional video is something her students could help her with.  Mount said it was exactly the kin...

November 12, 2018

SHENANDOAH, Iowa – The Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation invites the public to attend a free & fun reception on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Elks Lodge to salute the teachers, support staff and all others who are preparing our students and communities for better futures.

The reception begins with social time at 5 p.m.  The free meal is being served at 5:30 p.m., and the program and awards will follow.

At this reception during A...

September 26, 2018

SHENANDOAH, Iowa -- The mission statement of Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation states we will support and expand educational opportunities for students in the Shenandoah Community School District. 

One way the foundation has been able to do that is by offering “mini-grants” to staff. We’re funding those from the donations we’ve received from alumni, alum-nots and other supporters of the Shenandoah schools – people from right...

September 18, 2018

SHENANDOAH, Iowa -- Friends of the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation, please join us in helping our school district become a “Beacon of Light” shining all over the 4-state area and beyond.

We are entering the “funding game” late.  Foundations like ours, supporting a local school system, have been in existence elsewhere for some time.

In Shenandoah, we have just started the process in the last two years.  But we are now commit...

August 2, 2018

FARRAGUT, Iowa --  When I was asked to join the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation board, my first reaction was that I wasn't really connected to the Shenandoah school system and that it wasn't something I needed to do.

But I have a great deal of respect both for the people who asked me to join and the people who were going to be on the board, so I said yes.

There are three things that have helped me in serving on this foundat...

June 21, 2018

SHENANDOAH, Iowa – The very popular, retired Shenandoah teacher Barbara Cunningham has long been like the herd boss holding all SHS alumni together.  Now she has also taken a big step in helping current students, teachers and staff and those of the future – with a $5,000 donation to the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation.

“I’ll tell you what this is – it’s my birthday present to myself,” said Cunningham, who taught 35 years i...

June 21, 2018

SHENANDOAH, Iowa -- The Class of 1967 celebrated our 50th reunion last fall. Time and again the comment made was, how did this happen? 

Conversations with classmates and long-time friends recalled numerous events and relationships that at their core tie us to the Shenandoah Community School District.

While observing interactions, I thought about the kids in our school today.  What will they take with them when they leave the She...

June 13, 2018

SHENANDOAH, Iowa --  I was truly honored to be asked to be a part of the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation in the very early stages of its existence.

When Bob Sweeney came to me that morning, I thought what a great way to give back to our schools through sharing my time. So here I am as a member of a very strong and vital foundation serving the Shenandoah school system. Why did I become a part of this group? My answer would...

November 8, 2017

SHENANDOAH, Iowa, Sept. 22, 2017 –- The family of the late farmwife, mother, musician, artist and community leader Isabel Spears, who lived just south of Shenandoah, has given our Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation its first significantly large donation -- $20,000.

The family gift is announced by Roger Spears, of Durham, N.C., a 1972 Shenandoah High School graduate and recently retired architect, in memory of his m...

October 21, 2017

SHENANDOAH, Iowa -- It was great to see so many of you return for Homecoming and ShenFest this year.  I enjoyed attending some of the class reunions and connecting with some of our alumni.  I appreciated the opportunity to share some of the good news about the progress the district is making.   

Here are some of the stories I was able to share with district alumni, their families and friends:

--U.S. News & World R...

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