Council Bluffs Schools Foundation Celebrates 30 Years of Supporting the School District |


“We give about $ 30,000 a year in classroom grants,” he said.

Some of the money is set aside to help needy students with basic necessities, such as clothing, medicine and other items.

The organization also pays a portion of the cost for students who attend Iowa Western Community College while in high school to earn a “second degree” – an associate’s degree, certificate, or diploma – in addition to their graduation diploma. ‘high school, said LaFerla. The state pays most, but not all, of this cost.

It also awards scholarships to graduating high school students Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson for a total of $ 50,000 per year, he said.

Another $ 50,000 goes to the school district to help pay for employee recognition, professional development and other expenses not covered by the general fund, LaFerla said.

The foundation’s contributions to the area of ​​greatest need are unrestricted donations that it can use for whatever is most needed at that time, he said.

The Iowa West Foundation started the STARS program about 25 years ago and asked CBSF to run it around 1997, LaFerla said.

“They still provide the funding and we run the program here,” he said. “We have a capacity of 50 fellows each year. It’s a unique program because there really aren’t that many scholarships for adults. This program has had a truly profound impact on parents in Pottawattamie County.

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