Howard County Nice

—Featuring Joe Hurst
HOWARD-WINNESHIEK - Howard-Winneshiek CSD was fortunate to receive two grants of $2,500 each for the elementary and high school. It was all thanks to former student Joe Hurst.
Hurst works for Gemini Inc. from Decorah, a sign products company. Gemini designates some money that is available for employees to choose an organization of his or her choice for a grant. He filled out the application and had $5,000 to donate.
“I donated to both the high school and elementary because schools are always in need of extra funding. The kids in our schools will need a lot of the resources I donated towards.”
Chris Rogne, 7-12 Crestwood principal, said, “When Joe showed up, he wanted $1,000 to go towards speech. When I mentioned robotics, he offered the remaining $1,500 for that. He even said Gemini could possibly help with more in regards to robotics.”
At the elementary level, Hurst donated $500 to the milk fund, $1,000 for outside musical instruments for the playground, $500 for sensory kits for classrooms and $500 for summer books for students.
Sara Grimm, PK-6 principal said, “The sensory kits will help kids who are more challenged to calm them down.”
Rogne added, “I’m glad he took the initiative and picked our kids. His generosity will benefit a lot of kids in K-12 long term.”
Hurst wants school to be a positive experience for all students. “I care about our schools and the kids in them, and if I can help by donating a little something then why not?”
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