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June 24, 2020

There’s an old saying that if you have job that really needs doing, you should find a busy person to do it.

It appears the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation has done just that in hiring Jamie Burdorf to be its first executive director. 

Burdorf, who lives in Shenandoah, is a busy wife, mother of four children ranging in age from 14 to 9, a part-time pre-school teacher at Turnbull Child Development Center, and still the editor, part-time, of the weekly newspaper in State Center, Iowa, where the family lived previously.

“I don’t sit very well,” B...

June 3, 2020

Thanks to donors to the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation, graduating seniors in the Shenandoah High Class of 2020 have been awarded 34 scholarships valued at $46,500.

The scholarship winners were announced last week in an online version of the traditional awards assembly, since the corona virus pandemic made it impossible to hold the usual ceremonies.

Amy Miller and Star Ann Kloberdanz, two members of the foundation’s board of directors who helped administer the scholarships, reviewed the awards for the public Wednesday morning, June 3, in an...

March 25, 2020

The Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation is now accepting applications for a part-time Executive Director to assist our Foundation’s work in overseeing of administration, programs, and strategic plan for our organization.

Below here in this story is the job description for this newly created position.

Please submit your resume and letter of application to our P.O. Box 351, Shenandoah, IA 51601.

In an earlier story, Foundation president Corby Fichter said the organization "was very blessed late in 2019 to receive a gift of $250,000 from a donor in...

March 3, 2020

The Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation announced in September, 2019, it had received a $10,000 pledge in a “family challenge” from the family of former Shenandoah High School teacher, coach and administrator Bob Sweeney and his wife Kathy Sweeney, now of Atlantic.

That challenge, if met and matched by 99 other families, would mean the foundation over the next 15 years would grow the endowment it is creating by $1 million.  That endowment will exist for the long-term support and enhancement of the Shenandoah Community Schools, plus the interest...

October 14, 2019

Two additional families – both of them with kids still in the Shenandoah Schools and both with college bills likely in their future – have stepped up in recent days to match the $10,000 “family challenge” that the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation was presented with in September.

They are the Pat & Julie O’Hara family and the Zac & Amy Zwickel family.

The “family challenge” was started by the family of former Shenandoah High School teacher, coach and administrator Bob Sweeney and his wife Kathy Sweeney, who now live in Atlantic. They commi...

September 17, 2019

Almost immediately after the family of Bob and Kathy Sweeney posed a "family challenge" to the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation -- seeking 99 families to join them in donating $10,000 to foundation over the next 10 years -- the family of Corby and Jean Fichter responded, "We'll match it!"

You can read about the Sweeneys, of Atlantic, and their challenge in another story on this website.

So, let's meet the Fichters, of Shenandoah.

Corby Fichter, president of the education foundation since its beginning in 2016, is a graduate of Fremont Mills Hi...

July 6, 2019

The Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation has awarded the second annual Gee Scholarship of $2,000 to help provide programs and equipment in the Shenandoah High School business education department, which is headed by veteran business and computer instructor Liz Skillern.

The scholarship was made possible by the donation of $20,000 to the foundation in late 2017 from the family of Anne B. Gee, who taught business courses at SHS for 35 years before her retirement in 1991, then her death in the summer of 2017.

The first Gee Scholarship from the found...

May 1, 2019

The Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation invites all supporters of the Shenandoah Community Schools -- including holiday visitors -- to take part in our first annual 5K Fun Run/Walk, to be held at 8 a.m. this coming Memorial Day, Monday, May 27.

All proceeds will support the foundation's work in enhancing educational opportunities for current and future students in the Shenandoah schools.

Then local businesses have stepped up as sponsors of the fun run-walk:  Shenandoah Inn & Suites, Century Bank, United Group Insurance, Jim Hughes Real Estate, M...

July 20, 2018

SHENANDOAH, Iowa – Loren Brady, who is the first recipient of a Gee Family Scholarship from the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation, is just the sort of new-age business student that the late SHS business teacher Anne B. Gee would have loved.

The $2,000 scholarship was awarded earlier this month.  It was made possible by a $20,000 donation that Gee’s daughters Jill Gee Polk and Carol G. Zarbock, both of Redmond, Washington, made to the education foundation after their mother’s death at the age of 95 in July, 2017.

Brady, a 2015 SHS graduate who...

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 in the Shenandoah schools before retiring in 2000. “When I was a kid, my family didn’t have much money, so when it was yo...

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