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Morris Public Schools Foundation

Over the past few months I have mentioned on a few occasions the generosity of the Morris Schools Foundation. Mikayla Netter has been able to purchase technology for her classroom, and most recently, Deb Swezey's art class will use Foundation monies to purchase computers for her graphic design class. With the help of the foundation, we can not only maintain but enhance the educational opportunities for Morris Area students.

An advisory committee oversees the foundation. This committee is made up of representatives from alumni, the school, past faculty and parents who all believe Morris Area Schools have the unique advantage of offering the students an exemplary education.

The Morris Public Schools Foundation includes five sub-accounts. Donations can be designated to a particular fund. Universal Fund gives the Advisory Committee the most flexibility in designating funds where most needed. Education Fund helps provide additional classroom curriculum and continuously improves important programs such as library, band, and choir. Extra Curricular Fund provides money to the wide variety of activities offered by Morris Area. Endowment Fund is money that is left untouched, while the interest will provide for grants and other needs. Technology, Equipment & Capital Improvement Fund allows our school to keep up with technological changes that will help prepare our students for the future.

If you would like to make a donation, please contact either the elementary or high school and we would be happy to put you in contact with an advisory committee member. For more information about the foundation you can stop by the school and pick up a brochure or go to our website and look for the foundation link.

Morris Area's Robotics Team

Morris Area High School's FIRST Robotics team, The Plaid Pillagers, have been very busy in their first few weeks of activity. FIRST stands for "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology," and is an exciting and challenging program that offers students opportunities not normally offered by their high school.

The set up is meant to resemble a real world business environment: Too little money, too difficult a task and too little time to do it. Each team has only six weeks to build a functional robot to play a new "game" every year, and they have to raise their own money, design and build their own robot to complete complicated, yet fun and engaging tasks. In this past week alone, The Plaid Pillagers have already built a basic robot that can be successfully driven around, and can now begin to specialize it to complete the tasks it will be given. They also have been out fundraising, and raised over $1,000 at their Community Dinner-Fundraiser graciously hosted by the American Legion.

Upcoming Events

Jan. 23 - Teacher Workday - No school for students

National Honor Society Induction - 8:00

Jan. 24 - First Day of Semester 2

Jan. 26-27 - One Act Play - HS Auditorium - 7:30