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Donations to Fillmore Central Readiness program


Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

The Preston Area Community Foundation, along with a matching grant from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation,recently donated a combined $6,000 to the Fillmore Central School Readiness program. School Readiness is available to eligible children ages three years to kindergarten. The program provides early learning paired with higher parental involvement during the pivotal early learning years. Preston Area Community Foundation Chair Mensink stated the PACF anticipates that our community should reap benefits from this program for many years as we strive to reduce the socioeconomic learning gap.

The Preston Area Community Foundation has funded over $138,000 in community projects since 2007. In 2014 PACF has also assisted the Historical Society’s Milwaukee elevator project and the new playground equipment project spearheaded by the Preston Park Board. Other grant awards included funding a substantial portion of the Tourism Board’s new bike repair station as well as helping Fillmore Central Schools with the baseball field fence completion. The most recent grant made it possible to install one buddy bench at Fillmore Central and another buddy bench to be installed at the swimming pool in the next few weeks. (read more at www.buddybench.org). Combined these grants were more than $29,000.

Also in November of 2013 the PACF was very fortunate to receive matching funds from F&M Community Bank to edge out a narrow win in a friendly Give To the Max fundraising contest with Spring Valley (www.givemn.org). The win netted the school free regulation baseball bats, courtesy of Miken.

Back in 2012 the PACF created a Capital Campaign Initiative to raise $50,000 in two

years. Our community met that challenge by responding with a very generous $53,256! The PACF has so much gratitude to live where people care, are involved, and want to improve the quality of life for the entire community. Paraphrasing Nelson Mandela, ”There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children and people.”

If you want to learn more about assisting the Foundation please contact Chair Will Mensink at 923-1548 or Scott Rustad at 765-3823. To make a donation our mailing address is PACF, P.O. Box 467, Preston, MN 55965 or drop a check to Treasurer Scott Rustad at the F&M Community Bank.



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Fillmore Central projects nearing completion

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

There were multiple projects going on at both the Harmony and Preston sites of Fillmore Central Schools, and all of them are winding down as the first day of school approaches. Principal Heath Olstad said the sprinkler system at the high school h ..... 
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Fillmore Central Schools – Mini grant program

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

A “mini grant” program has been continued for the 18th straight year by F & M Community Bank in Preston, First State Bank of Fountain and First Southeast Bank in Harmony for the Fillmore Central School District. Grants of up to $500 each have ..... 
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Fillmore Central projects underway

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

There are multiple construction and capital improvement projects going on at Fillmore Central Schools this summer. Principal Heath Olstad and Dean Chris Mensink updated the school board on the progress at their brief mid-summer meeting on July 22. ..... 
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Fillmore Central to offer trap shooting

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

Members of the Harmony Conservation Club attended the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on June 24. Board member Sue Sikkink explained they had approached her with the idea of starting a trap shooting team at Fillmore Central. The trap shooti ..... 
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Fillmore Central Band and Choir perform at Disney World

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

This past week, June 16-22, the Fillmore Central Band and Choir traveled to Orlando, Fla., to perform at the Walt Disney World Resort. The marching band performed at the Magic Kindgom during the afternoon of Wednesday, June 18, for an enormous crow ..... 
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Fillmore Central looks at referendum options

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

Patty Heminover from Springsted attended the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on May 27 to discuss possibilities for renewing a referendum. She went over statistics showing different schools in Minnesota that have attempted to renew a referen ..... 
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The Preston Area Community Foundation recently awarded a $2,000 grant to the Fillmore Central Schools

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

The Preston Area Community Foundation recently awarded a $2,000 grant to the Fillmore Central Schools to be used on their project of building a permanent fence around the baseball field. The Foundation feels strongly that this type of project is a g ..... 
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Fillmore Central to upgrade parking lots

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

The parking lots at both the high school in Harmony and the elementary school in Preston will soon be completely renovated. During the school board meeting on April 22, board member Craig Britton showed the board a diagram of the Preston site with th ..... 
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