Eagle for Life Foundation recently granted $6,082 to Newton Elementary School for a new sound system in the gymnasium.

“This sound system is great and we are so grateful to have it,” explains Travis Wyatt, principal at Newton Elementary School. “We’re able to interact with students through music and our students have a lot of fun, but they pay attention to the presentations and aren’t distracted by the bad audio system we used to have.” Mr. Wyatt explained that the former sound system was 15-17 years old and was not designed to be used in a gymnasium, so the audio quality was low. The new system is ideal for a gymnasium and adds value to the daily activities at the school.

The Eagle for Life Education Foundation is comprised of two funds, the Eagle for Life Endowment, which provides a permanent source of funding for future school improvements, and the Eagle for Life School Improvement Fund. The audio system is an example of the Eagle for Life School Improvement Fund’s mission to meet immediate needs within the school district. School district representatives from all school facilities provide a “wish list” of school improvement projects to the Eagle for Life Fund Advisory Committee on an annual basis. The committee then selects a project and appeals to the community to raise the funds for the specific projects. Members of the fund advisory committee are Anthony Richards, June Bierman, Mitch Bierman, Amy Tarr, Kyle Klier, Ed Kocher and Todd Short.

Funds for the school audio system were raised during the 2018 Day of Giving, which led to $16,828 in donations in a 24-hour period. The remaining funds raised in 2018 were granted to the Newton PTA to purchase new playground equipment at the elementary school. The next Eagle for Life day of giving is scheduled for March 29, 2019.

The Eagle for Life School Improvement Fund and Eagle for Life Endowment are funds of Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation. For more information, contact Joedy Hightower, President/CEO of Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation, at 217-342-4988.

Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation was established in 2009 as a result of a merger between Effingham County Community Foundation (est. 1999) and Mattoon Area Community Foundation (est. 1980). Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization managing permanent and non-permanent assets for the long-term benefit of communities in southeastern Illinois.