What is the Foundation?

The Atlantic Community School Foundation is a non-profit organization having a principal fund of its own, managed by its own Board of Directors. It was established to raise funds to foster, promote and encourage the furthering of public education programs for which federal and state funding is not available.

Who governs the Foundation?

Foundation activities are directed by a Board of Directors representing a cross-section of experienced leaders in civic, business, corporate, professional and educational fields within the Atlantic Community School District. Foundation trustees do not receive compensation for their services.

Current Foundation Members:

Sue Hunt, President
Stacey Bean, Vice President
Steve Tjepkes, Treasurer
David Wiederstein, Secretary

John Becker, Michelle Euken, Kevin Garrett, Lucas Mosier, Kirk Nelson, Ted Robinson, and Mike Amstein (non-voting member).

What are the purposes of the Foundation?

  1. To foster educational opportunities for the youth of the Atlantic Community School District by providing financial support for educational programs and facilities.
  2. To provide individual financial support to students of the school district through scholarships and of the financial aid at the discretion of the Board of Trustees.
  3. To develop a higher level of community involvement and financial support for the Atlantic public schools.
  4. To reward high achievement in education.

2017-2018 Foundation Meetings

  • August 10, 2017
  • November 9, 2017
  • February 8, 2018
  • May 10, 2018

Funding Restrictions

1.  Money will not be used for programs currently receiving government funding.
2.  The Foundation will not engage in influencing legislation, nor shall any of its funds, property or income be used for this purpose. In addition, the Foundation shall not participate or intervene in any political campaign.
3.  The Foundation will accept gifts of property, cash, bequests and memorials. Checks can be made out to the Atlantic Community School Foundation and sent to Steve Tjepkes, Foundation Treasurer, AMU 15 West 3rd, Atlantic, IA. Please direct other inquiries to either Sue Hunt, the Foundation President, or the school Superintendent.

What is application process?
Complete the following form:

Foundation Application  (Google Doc, File Make Copy)

In addition to awarding two $1500 scholarships, two $1000 Academic Improvement scholarships, and two $1000 Personal Growth scholarships each year, the Foundation manages accounts that provide scholarships to many deserving students.  This year, scholarships totaling $34,400 were awarded to 32 graduates at Class Night. Another 19 students renewed their scholarship for a total of $24,000.

The Foundation also funded the following projects/activities during the 2015-2016 school year.

  • AMS Summer Band Lessons - $2,144
  • AMS Industrial Tech Class - $5,015
  • AMS Band Instruments - $4,249
  • Prairie Fire Theatre - Beauty & the Beast - $1,000
  • Three iMac Computers for Journalism - $5,100
  • Link Center Field Trip - $355
  • Science Center of Iowa Outreach Program - $1,500
  • AMS Online Tutoring Program - $1,500
  • AMS Science -Go!Motion Detectors - $561
  • Costa Rica Spanish Trip - $4,000
  • AHS Musical Scripts & Rights - $1,000
  • Opera Iowa - $2,000
  • 5th Grade Field Trip Transportation - $1,152
  • 5th Grade Field Trip to Symphony & SAC Museum - $1,390
  • Industrial Tech Drafting Tables - $10,000
  • Music for All Summer Symposium Trip - $3,600
  • 6th Grade - Cass County Outdoor Classroom - $800
  • 6th Grade Field Trip Transportation - $1,600
  • 8th Grade Civil War Days Program - $300
  • 6th Grade Trans. to Gold Star Museum - $1,200
  • AMS Band - Concert Bells - $4,200
  • CCEOC Summer School Credit Recovery Classes - $2,600
  • Journalism Media Now Conference - $2,000
  • Band & Vocal Trip to NYC - $6,000
  • AHS Band Instrument Pledge (Year 1) - $5,000
  • AHS Ag - Angle Grinders - $650
  • AHS Ag - Welding Gas Tanks - $2,650
  • Schuler Library Update - $20,000
  • Choir Leadership Training - $1,000
  • Wash Elem Music - Drums & Percussion Instruments - $3,000
  • OSMO Educational Learning Systems - $4,950

Mission Statement

The Atlantic Community School District will prepare all learners to be creative, innovative and productive citizens by providing diverse opportunities to learn and apply relevant skills and knowledge in a positive, disciplined and challenging environment.