History of the Pettisville School Foundation
After researching the concept, Stephen Switzer, Pettisville School Superintendent, assembled a group of interested individuals to consider forming an educational foundation. Individuals included Gary Frazier, Steve Graffice, Myrl Sauder, Rod Nofziger, Valetta Werder, Jan Stamm, Golda Boyer, and Mr. Switzer.
In November, 1986, a press conference was held in the high school library announcing the formation of the “Pettisville School Foundation” and receipt of a $1,000 gift from Henry Keller, the first gift to the PSF, and a $10,000 gift from Valetta Werder, fifth grade teacher at Pettisville, to endow the “Richard Werder Memorial Scholarship” in memory of her husband.
Articles of Incorporation approved by Ohio 11/4/1986 - IRS determination Tax Deductible: 501 (c ) (3) - 10/20/1988
Toledo Blade article
With spoons instead of shovels, and with private fund instead of public money, one of the smallest school districts in the state has launched a big construction project. Students in the Pettisville Local School District lined up to take turns turning spoonfuls of dirt during a groundbreaking ceremony for a 1.8 million dollar addition to the school.
...No school officials, local dignitaries, or other adults spoke during the ceremony. Only students. And only the 491 students broke ground with their white plastic spoons...
The ceremony format was selected because the project is for the students and they will be the chief beneficiaries.
Toledo Blade, September 30, 1993 by Janet Romaker.
All funds came from pledges and donations; approximately $15,000 came from fund-raisers.
The initial capital drive goal of $1,800,000 dollars was met exactly one year from procurement of initial pledges and 8 1/2 months after the public announcement of the Capital Drive. Over $1,840,000 was donated or pledged by 521 donors. The project was completely paid off in September of 1997.
The facility was dedicated March 12, 1995.
Next 30 Campaign
In 2016 and 2017, the “Next 30” campaign celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the foundation. The focus was to increase the $130,000 endowment of the foundation.
1) The Foundation commissioned two ceramic murals for display in the Atrium created by Mark and Joyce Nafziger. The first mural includes various school scenes from across the years. The second mural, to be unveiled in 2018, will feature school buildings that have housed students in the Pettisville and Tedrow areas through the years.
2) The second component is a membership and fund raising drive. The goal was to double the $130,000 endowment fund and re-create the 1986 charter member plaque, in which 671 individuals and companies originally joined the PSF.
As part of the anniversary celebration on November 14, 2017, all individuals who had served as trustees to the PSF were recognized and presented a token of appreciation. 26 of the 32 living trustees were able to attend.
Mrs. Golda Boyer, Mrs. Valetta Werder, and Miss Ruth Wyse, all founding trustees, have passed away.
Twenty-year awards went to Carma Rupp of Penrod and George (20 years) for serving as accountant and Dan Sauder (20), Neil Rupp (26), and Dave Grieser (28) as trustees.
Thirty-year awards went to Dave Rupp (31), accountant; Jan Stamm (31), legal counsel, and Steve Switzer (31), executive director.
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