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Irmo High School participates in 24-hour Midlands Gives fundraising event

IRMO – As part of the 24-hour fundraising event Midlands Gives on May 2, the Irmo High School Education Foundation raised a grand total of $2,228 to go towards teacher grants and student scholarships. The Education Foundation was one of 337 Midlands nonprofit organizations to participate.

This was the Education Foundation’s first year taking part in Midlands Gives and they now have plans to make it an annual tradition. Sarah Ostergaard, the Education Foundation’s Secretary, led Irmo High School’s participation this year. She said, “We’re really excited to participate in Midlands Gives! It’s a phenomenal way to pull together with so many great nonprofits. To be a part was really special.”

Midlands Gives is a daylong online giving event that brings together the region as one community, raising money and awareness for local nonprofits in 11 Midlands counties. The event raised a preliminary total of $1,638,531, with 13,765 unique donations to organizations across the region.

The Irmo High School Education Foundation raised $1,728 in donations from parents, alumni, and community members. They were in the top third of organization for number of unique donors, with 46 donations. The Education Foundation was awarded an additional $500 by receiving the Aflac Inspires Leadership Prize. They were awarded this recognition for being one of the first 60 organizations to have 100% of their board pre-schedule giving.

Ostergaard said, “Not only does this provide an extra $500 for the Education Foundation, but it represents the tremendous commitment and selfless dedication of our board members. Everyone worked together to win!”

The Education Foundation supports and promotes academics at Irmo High School. It is comprised of parents, teachers, administrators, and even parents of graduated students. It promotes academics through Foundation Favors, grants awarded directly to teachers for tools to help provide innovative instruction in the classroom. Various types and sizes of grant awards fund projects, training, activities, and materials. The Education Foundation also awards two $1,000 scholarships each year at Senior Awards Night to help students fund their education beyond high school.

Principal David Riegel was appreciative of the continued support from the community. Riegel explained. “As a principal, I am proud of the involvement of our parents and community in our school. We have tremendous community support and the Educational Foundation is an excellent example of that connection."

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