MCEF welcomes new teachers

IFCU employees drop off their donation at the Chamber of Commerce. Pictured, from left, are Wilbur Alberto Orellana, IFCU; Cassie Hagan, Chamber director and MCEF board member; Julie Keeling, IFCU; Casey Hockersmith, Chamber; and Jacquie Wright, IFCU.
IFCU employees drop off their donation at the Chamber of Commerce. Pictured, from left, are Wilbur Alberto Orellana, IFCU; Cassie Hagan, Chamber director and MCEF board member; Julie Keeling, IFCU; Casey Hockersmith, Chamber; and Jacquie Wright, IFCU.
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Members of the Montgomery County Educational Foundation Board of Directors assembled 65 new teacher care packages Thursday.

Brad Monts and Pat McDowell delivered the packages to each of the three county school corporations to distributed to newly hired teachers in grades pre-k through 12.

New teacher bags are filled with school supplies and community information to welcome new teachers to our community. Items for the bags are donated from many organizations each year, including Valero Renewal Resources, Hoosier Heartland State Bank, The Montgomery County Visitors & Convention Bureau, and Wabash College — to name just a few.

The business community was eager to respond to the request for donations and The Chamber of Commerce collected
additional items from Healthies — Crawfordsville, Teachers Credit Union and Abilities Services Inc.. Additionally, local IFCU branch employees from Crawfordsville and Lafayette personally contributed a well-stocked bag of school supplies.   

“The response from the business community to support this project makes me very proud of our community,” said Cassie Hagan, executive director or the Crawfordsville/Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and MCEF board member. “I hope our new teachers, some of whom may be new to the community as well, feel how much we all appreciate them, feel welcome and supported, and find Montgomery County to be an excellent place to live and work.”

The mission of the MCEF, founded by a group of community leaders in 1987, is to promote excellence in primary and secondary education in Montgomery County by encouraging and supporting program enrichment, educator development and community involvement. This is accomplished by awarding grants, supporting professional development of educators, implementing and supporting programs and activities, and encouraging participation by all in public education. MCEF’s next major project will be awarding of annual teacher grants, which is funded largely in part by the Montgomery County Community Foundation. Teachers in pre-K through 12th grade can look for more information about grant applications through their respective superintendents.

For more information about MCEF or to make a tax-exempt contribution, community members or corporations can contact Board President Phil Boots.

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