From Staff Reports
---- — Longtime Kokomo School Corp. teacher Holly Kirkpatrick will continue to have a positive impact on students thanks to a $38,000 donation from her estate to the Kokomo Public Schools Education Foundation.
Kirkpatrick died in November 2012 after teaching for more than 30 years at Kokomo Schools. One of her final wishes was to create an endowment to support the enrichment of Kokomo teachers and students. The Education Foundation Board of Directors officially accepted her gift during a meeting Wednesday.
“As I said when I learned of Holly’s passing, Holly was a servant leader, who dedicated so much of her life to the students and teachers of Kokomo Schools,” Superintendent Jeff Hauswald said in a press release. “On behalf of everyone at Kokomo Schools, I wish to thank Holly Kirkpatrick for the lasting legacy she has created through this generous gift to the Education Foundation. Holly knew well the Education Foundation’s goal was, and continues to be, the enrichment of our school environment through the important work of our foundation.”
Hauswald noted the Kokomo Schools board of education established a goal in 2012 of endowing at least $50,000 annually for enrichment opportunities as part of the Kokomo Schools Education Foundation. With Kirkpatrick’s donation, the endowment presently stands at more than $160,000.
The Education Foundation gives scholarships totaling approximately $25,000 annually to more than 20 graduating seniors, as well as supporting innovative special teacher projects in the classrooms by awarding approximately $5,000 in teacher mini-grants each semester.
“The mission of the Kokomo Schools Education Foundation is enrich, promote and support educational opportunities for the benefit of our students,” said Ann Millikan, president of the Education Foundation board of directors. “Ms. Kirkpatrick’s life embodies that mission, and Holly’s gift will allow us to do more to enhance the learning happening in the classrooms at Kokomo Schools.”
Longtime friend and teaching colleague Cora Schurtz knows Kirkpatrick would be thankful for the many donations made to the Kokomo Schools Education Foundation in her honor.
“Holly never thought of herself,” Schurtz said. “Holly cared for her students first and her colleagues second. Holly was totally selfless and gave everything she had, including herself, to others. Holly definitely wanted the children and teachers of Kokomo Schools to be a part of her personal gifts.”
For more information or to make a donation, visit www.kokomoschools.com and click on the “Our Education Foundation” link.