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Marion Builds Opportunity Giving Campaign seeks community involvement
by Erin Steffen, Executive Director Marion Independent School Foundation & Alumni Association · August 31st, 2017

Dear Marion Community,

This is an exciting time in the Marion Independent School District for performing arts, athletics and academics. Seven students made all-state music and six athletic teams qualified for state this past school year. Updated science and social studies curriculum is under development, opportunities for career and technical education are expanding, and the district has a renewed focus on professional development for teachers.

The district also recently celebrated the opening of Longfellow Elementary School as well as new tennis courts, which were completed in partnership with the City of Marion. The ability for students to compete at a high level in an environment where they can pursue many interests continues to be a draw for families.

The Marion community collaborates to provide many opportunities for our youth, and now, with your help, we are looking to make facility updates at Marion High School through the Marion Builds Opportunity Giving Campaign. This project is one way we as a community can support our students and our schools. The scope of projects that make up the Marion Builds Opportunity campaign will benefit students for years to come. We invite you to consider the impact the Marion community has had on your life and the vital role our schools and our youth play in providing for a successful future.

The Marion Independent School Foundation is working collaboratively with many district groups in order to reach our goal of $500,000. The project focuses on the Marion High School Auditorium and the Les Hipple Athletic Complex.

The Marion High School Auditorium serves as a multi-purpose center and is used daily for community speakers, school presentations, classes, district meetings, extra and co-curricular activity practices and performances, and more. While highly trafficked by all grade levels and groups, the auditorium can serve more students, more effectively with the proposed renovations, which focus on ADA accessibility and other needs such as a new sound system and new stage curtains and hardware.

The Les Hipple Athletic Complex serves the baseball, softball, tennis and soccer programs. Thanks to a commitment from the district as well as a 1:1 match from the City of Marion, new tennis courts opened last week. With financial support through the Marion Builds Opportunity Campaign, other renovations will include new dugouts, backstop and netting, and baseball press box. Expansions to the complex include the addition of a new sidewalk and press boxes for the softball and soccer fields, which these sports do not have currently.

The Marion High School Auditorium and Les Hipple Athletic Complex are facilities that, for a majority of students, play an integral part in their educational experience. For the 2016 graduating class, 89 percent participated in an extra- or co-curricular program during their time at Marion High School. In addition to the projects outlined here, a portion of campaign contributions will be designated as startup funds for a future Performing Arts Center.

The Marion Athletic Booster Club gave the initial $25,000 as seed money to start this campaign and the Marion Independent School Foundation has pledged $50,000. We are now asking for business and individual support. Gifts will be unique to each person's circumstance, but we can only accomplish this vision if we work together as a community. For those interested in making a financial investment in this project, I invite you to join us at Indian Creek Country Club on Thursday, August 31. We will gather and enjoy a light breakfast at 7:30 a.m. with a brief program to follow at 8 a.m. You can also contact me at 319-377-4691 x1110 or to request an individual meeting, or that a packet be mailed to your home or business with more information. Through this capital giving campaign, we can provide quality facilities for current and future students as well as the thousands of community members who frequent the auditorium and athletic complex every year.


Erin Steffen,

Executive Director

Marion Independent

School Foundation &

Alumni Association

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