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Nancy J Winter tells Kiwanis about CWC Schools Foundation

The Carmi Kiwanis Club met on January 25. Club President, Holly Healy, welcomed all guests including Key Club members from Carmi-White County High School. Club member Doug Hayes was the winner of the Split the Pot drawing.

President Holly Healy announced that the club’s Pancake Day will be February 17 from 7:00-11:00 AM at Washington School. Advanced tickets can be purchased from any club member for $5. Next week’s meeting will be dedicated to Corn Day planning. Corn Day themes, budget requests, and committee assignments will be discussed at that meeting.

Club member Nancy J. Winter was introduced as the speaker of the day. Nancy serves on the board of the Carmi-White County Schools Foundation that started about one year ago. The Foundation was spearheaded by Barb Mitchell, a former Carmi-White County school teacher and current school board member.

Nancy emphasized that Carmi-White County currently has “a great school system.” The Foundation desires to come alongside the school system to invest in the lives of students, and in turn to invest in the community’s future. According to the brochure that Nancy made available, the Foundation “believes that all students deserve the opportunity to reach their potential in all educational and personal endeavors. The Foundation will secure funding and award monies that will promote academic pursuits and prepare CWC students for lifelong success. In partnership with the public and private sectors, the CWC Schools Foundation financially supports creative and innovative programs that enhance the areas of academics and curriculum.”

The Foundation consists of nine board members from a wide variety of careers and experience. She mentioned that while the school system’s buildings are well maintained, they are older. In conjunction with the school board, the Foundation seeks to fund both short-term and long-term improvement projects.

Nancy encouraged club members to thoughtfully consider Foundation membership. Annual memberships include “Bullpup” ($100-499), “Bulldog” ($500-999), and “Sarge” ($1,000 and over). Corporate memberships, memorials, stocks, bonds, bequests and charitable trusts can also help fund the Foundation. All donations to the Foundation are tax deductible.

For more information about the CWC Foundation, call 618.382.2364, or email The public can also follow them on Facebook at “Carmi-White County Schools Foundation.”