Havasu schools benefit from generous donations

Serve Our Schools painting Smoketree Elementary.

More than 600 volunteers from businesses, civic organizations and
seven area churches including Calvary Baptist and Mount Olive
Lutheran came out to donate time and materials for the inaugural
Lake Havasu “Serve our Schools" event Saturday. The event featured
school improvement projects at Smoketree Elementary with a new
coat of paint.

Lake Havasu Unified School District is well on its way in meeting and potentially exceeding the level of donations it received last school year.

On top of the more than $700,000 in tax credit funding LHUSD received for the 2016-17 school year, $281,231 in cash donations were made with more than $90,000 given in June.

Diana Asseier, LHUSD recently acknowledged the Lake Havasu Association of Realtors with its more than $10,000 donation of money and supplies that included heavy-duty pencil sharpeners.

“I’m not sure the community at large realizes how many of our nonprofits and associations donate to the school district,” Asseier said.

The Lake Havasu Association of Realtors are not alone in their philanthropic endeavors to benefit Havasu schools. Other organizations such as Rotary, K-12 Foundation and Buses by the Bridge have consistently stepped in to help fill financial needs.

“Along with the larger organization several of our local businesses and churches are also donating,” Asseier said. “It continues to impress me. For the month of September we had more than $45,000 donated to our school district in money and products. When it’s said our community doesn’t value us that is quite a misstatement. They value us greatly and they show us in many ways.”

One of the larger donations made during the 2016-17 school year came from the estate of an anonymous benefactor for up to $32,000 that will be used to purchase two scoreboards for the new gymnasium at Lake Havasu High School.

LHUSD board vice-president John Masden said he feels “very blessed” to have a community that supports its school district to the tune of nearly $1 million last year.

“When you look at Havasu it’s historically been a very giving community,” Masden said. “I think Havasu understands opportunity. The honest answer is the district doesn’t have the money to do curb painting, fence maintenance and some of the other things we would like to do on a regular and ongoing basis.”

Volunteers and donations allow residents to set up and fill that void, he added.

by David Louis, Today's News-Herald
Oct 13, 2017