Lawrence Township School Foundation’s New Leader, Cori Korn
The new Executive Director of the Lawrence Township School Foundation, Cori Korn, is focused on “igniting” the power of community. With public education facing financial challenges nationally, this places an even greater emphasis on the importance of community involvement. Having raised three kids in the district and seeing first hand the excellent opportunities Lawrence schools provide, Korn brings her valuable hands-on experience to her job.
“Volunteering over the years at the kids’ elementary school, middle school, and high school, I was consistently impressed at the dedication and commitment level of our educators,” said Korn. Cori and her husband, Bill, have three children: Brad, a sophomore at Butler University, and twins, Margo and Maddie, both juniors at Lawrence Central. All three attended Lawrence schools since grade school. “We have had the best experience with Lawrence Township Schools,” said Korn. Her hopes are that other families have similar experiences.
Cori Korn brings a high level of enthusiasm to her job. “I have been overwhelmed by the support for the mission of our Foundation,” said Korn. “The caring and compassion shown by the educators is exemplary. I am energized by all that is going on within the Foundation.” She is meeting the demands and challenges of her position with a strong, positive outlook. Korn only speaks of the possibilities for the future, and you can feel her excitement for the Foundation.
The LTSF was formed thirty years ago to provide funds for creative classroom grants, which are “creative and innovative projects that would not be supported by tax dollars.” While the LTSF continues this tradition, several other programs have been added over the years to meet the evolving needs of the students and classrooms. Since its inception, the LTSF has given back $40 million dollars to the Lawrence Township schools.
It is through programs such as AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) and MAC (My Achievement Center)that the LTSF is helping students prepare for their 13th year. “Many of our graduates will be first generation to attend and graduate from college,” says Korn. “The importance of these programs can make all the difference for students whether they attend a 4-year college, trade school, or enter the working world post-graduation.”
Providing these programs and others supported by the Foundation requires the financial support of the community. “Investing in students’ futures is one of the best means to reinforce a strong foundation in a community,” said Korn. Capitalizing on the “power of community,” the Foundation is grateful for every contribution. “Whether it is $5 or $5,000, every dollar counts. All donations provide support and strengthen our schools,” said Korn.
Other programs supported by the LTSF include Up and Running, which is an after-school running club offered at all schools in the district. “This past Christmas, 425 students represented Lawrence Township in the Jingle Bell Run,” reports Korn. The club runners will also participate in the Geist Half this May. “Promoting exercise and teamwork at the same time is wonderful for these students, regardless of age,” continued Korn.
When Cori took over as Executive Director of the LTSF in late September, she quickly enlisted veteran Philanthropist Barb Austin to be the Event Director for this year’s annual Gala, one of the Foundation’s main fund-raising events. Austin, a graduate from LC, takes pride in her community. Barb and her husband, Jim, have participated in numerous fund-raising events in the community over the years. Having two daughters at schools in the district adds to that sense of responsibility. Lexi is a freshman at LC, and Claire is in 5th grade at Indian Creek Elementary.
“We have made some changes to the Gala, such as bringing the event to a host location within our district. This year’s event will be held on March 15 at EventzPlus in Castleton. The theme is ‘Back to the Future’ which will celebrate current academic, athletic, and performing arts successes while building a foundation for the future,” said Austin. The Honorary Chair of the event is Troy Knoderer who is principal at Belzer Middle School.
Another popular fundraising event for the LTSF is their annual golf outing, Fore the Kids, June 6, held at Old Oakland Golf Club. It is these events and generous contributions made to the Foundation that make it possible to continue their programs and scholarship support.
Through a few annual fund-raising events, grants, and generous contributions, the Foundation is able to live up to its mission: To ignite the power of community, connecting education and philanthropy to provide the resources needed for all students to excel.” Cori Korn is proving herself to be the right leader at the right time for the Lawrence Township School Foundation.
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