K B Rasmussen (1950)
A little bit more about the Bear Lake Education Foundation. The foundation board of directors is an all- volunteer board, with a representative from every county school, most county communities and a representative of the Bear Lake School Board. The superintendent of county schools also serves on the board. You should also know that 100% of all contributions go towards improving the quality of education in our schools (this is the foundation’s mission statement).
Contributions to the foundation should be sent to Maria Teuscher who is the foundation treasurer. Her address is:
Maria Teuscher, Treasurer
Bear Lake Education Foundation
110 North 8th Street
Montpelier, ID 83254
We’ll send you a receipt for your contribution and let you know how your contribution is being used. We’ll also put you on our mailing list for our newsletter which is published twice a year.
A couple of anecdotes. At every board meeting (held monthly), the foundation board approves multiple small grants for teachers (up to $300). A teacher who lives in Geneva recently spent $575 of her own money to buy literature books to enrich the classroom experience. The board approved a grant of $300 to reimburse her. We wish it could have been more.
Our county high school fields an “acadeca” team comprised of our best scholars. We regularly place at or near the top of the state and two or three years ago, competed nationally as one of the most outstanding groups of scholars in the country. We are carrying on the “rich” Montpelier High School tradition of scholarship.
You should also know that the state of Idaho is the only state in the country (as far as I know) which gives a tax credit and a tax deduction for a contribution of up to $200 to an Idaho school or an Idaho school foundation. Because of this, if you’re married and filing jointly, you can contribute $200 annually to the Bear Lake Education Foundation, for an out of pocket cost of just $55. If you’re single, you can contribute $100 for an out of pocket cost of just $27. If you’re interested, we’ll send you a brochure that
explains this process. The brochure is entitled “Did You Know That You Could Have the Midas Touch.”
Thanks for your interest in giving something back.