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:

David Wiederstein, President
Stacey Bean, Vice President
Steve Tjepkes, Treasurer
Ted Robinson, Secretary

John Becker, Michelle Euken, Kevin Garrett, Lucas Mosier, Ted Robinson, and Steven Barber (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.

2018-2019 Foundation Meetings

  • August 9, 2018
  • November 8, 2018
  • February 14, 2019
  • May 9, 2019

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 David Wiederstein, 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 2017-2018 school year.

  • Atlantic Children's Theatre - $1,000.00
  • AHS Physics - Mindstorms Education EV3 Core Set - $3,899.95
  • 7th Grade Musical - $1,000.00
  • Washington Elementary Art Tables - $5,000.00
  • 4th Grade Living History Farms Field Trip - $2,800.00
  • AHS Band Music for All Summer Symposium - $3,600.00
  • CCEOC Intro to Construction & Skilled Trades - $5,000.00
  • Spanish Costa Rica Trip - $4,200.00
  • Online Tutoring - $1,500.00
  • 6th Grade Field Trip to State Capitol & Historical Building - $2,000.00
  • 5th Grade Field Trip to Omaha Symphony & Durham Museum - $960.00
  • 6th Grade Field Trip to Rose Theater - $1,200.00
  • HS Musical Rights - $1,865.00
  • Opera Iowa - $2,300.00
  • AP Music Theory Trip - $800.00
  • Ancient World History Trip to Joslyn Art Museum - $800.00
  • Journalism Cameras - $1,400.00
  • 6th Grade Cass County Outdoor Classroom - $850.00
  • 8th Grade Civil War Day - $300.00
  • HS Summer Leadership Class - $1,500.00
  • National Speech & Debate Expenses - $1,500.00
  • MS Summer Band Lessons 
  • Audio Microphones & Senior Magazine - $970.00
  • Guitars - $3,500.00
  • AMS Science White Board - $3,000.00

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.