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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, Amanda Graham, Kevin Garrett, Lucas Mosier, Sue Hunt, Brad Henningsen, 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.

2019-2020 Foundation Meetings

  • August 8, 2019
  • November 14, 2019
  • February 13, 2020
  • May 14, 2020

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 2018-2019 school year.

  • Washington Elem. Ozobot System - $3,816.00

  • HS Ag Power Tools - $1,400.00

  • AMS Choir - Ukuleles - $2,693.00

  • AHS Leadership Course Materials - $3,000.00

  • AMS Summer Band Lessons - $2,560.00

  • 6th Grade to Visit the Cass County Outdoor Classroom - $850.00

  • Industrial Tech Plasma Cutter Updates - $12,361.60

  • Industrial Tech 3D Printer - $3,614.90

  • Music for All Summer Band Symposium - $3,600.00

  • 8th Grade Civil War Day - $300.00

  • Female Athlete Empowerment Symposium - $3,200.00

  • Brainfuse - Online Tutoring Program - $1,500.00

  • Rights for the High School Musical - $1,700.00

  • 5th Grade Field Trip & Transp. To the Durham Museum & Omaha Symphony - $970.00

  • AMS Science Center Outreach Program - $1,500.00

  • 6th Grade Rose Theater Field Trip - $1,650.00

  • 6th Grade Field Trip Transp. to Iowa State Capitol & Historical Building - $2,000.00

  • Speaker Aaron Thomas for AHS & AMS - $2,700.00

  • 4th Grade Living History Field Trip - $2,800.00

  • 7th Grade Musical - $1,000

  • HS S&P Classroom Materials - $1,500.00

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.