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Pay It Forward

The Plymouth Education Foundation announced its second ever Pay It Forward PHS Alumni Class Challenge and raised $2234.78 to benefit current and future students in the Plymouth School District.

“It was exciting to see PHS alumni reconnect, reminisce, and rally during the 20 day challenge to make a difference for students now and into the future,” said Andrea Schultz, foundation executive director. “We are grateful to the many alumni who showed their positive panther pride,” said Schultz.

“The foundation received donations from 38 donors,” said Schultz. “PHS Class of 1977 led the way this year and we hope to continue making this a fun school spirit, biennial challenge,” Schultz said. The PHS class(es) with the most money raised and highest participation rate won the challenge.

All donors to the foundation have the opportunity to designate where they wanted their donations to be used: area of greatest need; capital project(s); grants (impacting students k-12 in the district in the areas of academic enrichment, extracurricular activities, professional development and connecting students with their futures and community); and/or scholarships (for graduating seniors pursuing higher educations at 4 year colleges/universities and 2 year technical schools).

“Thank you again, Alumni. It is evident panther pride is strong in the Plymouth community,” Schultz added.

PHS Class of 1977 won the PHS ALUMNI CLASS CHALLENGE to PAY IT FORWARD. Class of '77 had the highest donor participation rate and raised the most money with alumni making a donation in honor of their class!

Pay It Forward Donor Honor Roll


Class of 1953

  • Nancy Leach

Class of 1955

  • Janice Kraemer

Class of 1962

  • Judith Thompson
  • Judy Sisson

Class of 1977

  • Jamie Gambrell
  • Julie Urban
  • Randolph Schmitt
  • Suzanne Pieper
  • Stephen Galbari
  • Timothy Donath
  • Reyne Kastelic
  • Laura Miske
  • Kim Ann Truttschel
  • Mary Suhrke
  • Jeffrey Good
  • Brian Hellmer
  • Karen and Wayne Hogue
  • Julie Overby
  • Ann Miller
  • Ed Cain
  • Mike and Cheryl Casper
  • Tina Holzman
  • Anne Gavigan
  • Sharon Roberts-Suchon and Sam Suchon
  • Nancy Brickner
  • Darrell Abston

Class of 1983

  • Diane Stormoen

Class of 1986

  • Brenda Dale

Class of 1989

  • Dena Budrecki

Class of 1991

  • Cheryl Haucke

Class of 1993

  • Rae L Kollbaum

Class of 1995

  • Kelly Johnson
  • Katrina Henschel

Class of 1996

  • Shelly Trepanier
  • Duane Dippel

Class of 1998

  • Crystal Fieber
  • Kelly Cowhig

Class of 1999

  • Sara Baltus

Class of 2008

  • Corwin Rhyan


Party With A Purpose a significant success

Plymouth Education Foundation's first-time benefit event, Party With A Purpose, held Nov. 4 at the Wade House Visitor Center, was a significant success, raising more than $102,000 to enhance the educational experience for students enrolled in the Plymouth School District.

More than 200 attendees showed support for public education and sustaining a tradition of providing a high-quality education in Plymouth. The PEP Rally theme along with the energy and excitement of the attendees coming together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the current Plymouth High School building to honor the past and build for the future, the next 50 years, contributed to the generous donations made that evening that will make a difference for all students and the future of our community.

More than $16,000 was raised during the live auction, Raise Your Paw, and will go directly to help support the new Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math – STEAM – integrated curriculum and innovative lab at Riverview Middle School.

The net proceeds of this event will be used to expand the foundation’s mission of enhancing the educational experience for students in all five district schools: PHS, Riverview, Fairview Elementary School, Horizon Elementary School and Parkview Elementary School. The foundation provides funding for grants to enhance academic enrichment, extracurricular activities, professional development and connecting students with their futures and the community. It also provides funds for capital projects that prepare students for 21st century learning as well as scholarships for higher education to two-year technical schools and four-year colleges/universities. The foundation will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018, and your support will allow it to continue its mission to make a difference in our schools and our community.

Donations to the Plymouth Education Foundation, which is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, provides a reliable source of revenue separate from restricted public funding to keep pace with advances in technology, maintain a rigorous curriculum, and provide modern learning environments that prepare students for future careers.

The foundation's 16-person board of directors and its dedicated volunteers will continue to work hard partnering with the school district to meet and exceed the needs of all students – direct entry into the workforce, two-year technical school, and four-year college/university – to be career ready and prepared for success in life.

If you were unable to attend the Foundation's Party With A Purpose and would still like to contribute to support a high-quality education in Plymouth for all students enrolled in the Plymouth School District, please follow this link to make a donation to the Plymouth Education Foundation's $50 for 50 more years campaign at

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Thank-you list of sponsors, donators, and supporters.



Thank you!

The Plymouth Education Foundation is grateful to the following supporters who give so generously to enhance the educational experience for students in the Plymouth School District. These donors--individuals, businesses and community/school organizations-make it possible for the Foundation to enhance the educational experience making our schools and community a model for innovation, leadership, and excellence.

Over the past 25 years, through community support, the Plymouth Education Foundation is able to raise funds in order to provide for scholarships, grants, capital projects, academic programs, activities, lecturers, and special awards--not covered by the school district's budget--that enhance the educational experience for students.

Proud Supporters 2016

Legacy ($25,000+)
• Clara Stienecker
• Lauretta Dennerlein
• Elizabeth A. Jewett
• Royce and Martha Thalheim
• Lona Ahrnsbrak
• Jean Lammers Schwiesow
• Eleanor Fischong
• Rhyan Family
• PHS Alumni
• Harold C. Steinke
• Ardell and Helen Gerber Schuricht
• Stuart M. and Alyce A. Giffin
• Family of Mike Slagle

Visionary ($10,000-$24,999)
• Robert H. Mueller
• Elden M. Amundson Family
• Alice Ebenreiter
• J.M. Rock Family
• AFS Scholarship Fund
• Sargento

Innovator ($5,000-$9,999)
• Verna Webb
• Robert Stoll
• Francis Chiropractic/Dan and Jean Francis
• Melroy and Helen Kestell
• Masters Gallery
• Gordon MacFarlane

Exemplar ($2,500-$4,999)
• Ellen De Zwarte
• Larry and Kathy Gentine
• Morgan Stanley

Scholar ($1,000-$2,499)
• Allechant Boutique and Maggie's Closet
• 20/20 Vision, LLC
• Cedar Grove Wearhousing
• Plymouth Foam
• Sartori
• Tricor Insurance and Financial Services

Leader ($500-$999)
• Aurora Health Care Community Campaign
• Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign
• Plymouth Snow Rangers
• Bedford Underwriters
• Great Lakes Cheese Co., Inc.
• Hopp, Newmann, Humke, LLP
• Joseph & Joseph Dental, LLC

Mentor ($100-$499)
• Kelly Cowhig
• Robin and Michael Pringel
• Dena Budrecki
• Brett Buckner

Friend ($1-$99)
• Tina Roelse

Thank you to all our donors!