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Start School Right

start school right back-to-school assistance

For the safety of participants, this year’s Start School Right event will look a little different with sign up required and items delivered to homes instead of attending an event. The deadline for sign up has been extended. Follow the link for details and the registration form.

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Accepting Visitors by Appointment

Foundation office by appointment only

Our office is open to visitors by appointment only, at least through July. Staff are still working remotely as much as possible so we appreciate your patience and understanding as we set appointments.

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Annual Golf Tournament

friday, september 25 marion foundation golf classic

Yes, we are still holding our annual event! For the safety of participants, we are taking social distancing precautions outlined on our registration page. Still includes golf, food and beverages, prizes, silent auction and more! Follow the link for event details and to register.

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Latest News

Join Our Team

Title: Administrative Assistant Type: Part-time Location: 777 S. 15th Street, Marion, IA 52302 The Marion Independent School Foundation & Alumni Association is looking for a part-time Administrative Assistant. Schedule is flexible within Monday-Friday business hours; approximately 10-15 hours per week but will fluctuate depending on time of year. Starting wage based on experience. The ideal […]

Hills Bank Awards Classroom Cash

Hills Bank awarded $1,082.66 to the Marion Independent School Foundation & Alumni Association in June. The funds were collected through this year’s Classroom Cash program, which allows Hills Bank customers to designate Marion Independent School District as their district of choice. Then a percentage of debit card purchases are donated to Marion schools at no […]

Flower-Themed Art Kits for Students Spread Joy in the Community

Marion students are encouraged to use donated art supplies to create May flowers and spread joy. Supplies will be distributed during “Grab and Go” lunch pick up on Tuesday, May 26 at Vernon Middle School. Completed flowers can be left in a drop box at Lindale Mall located at the main entrance on Collins Road […]

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Latest Projects

Ron Thomason School Lunch Fund

Longtime elementary counselor and coach Ron Thomason continues his work of helping students even after his…

Ron Thomason School Lunch Fund

Longtime elementary counselor and coach Ron Thomason continues his work of helping students even after his passing. Ron began as a school counselor at Mentzer, Starry, and Emerson Elementaries in 1989 and continued as the elementary counselor at MISD until 2004. He also was a track, cross country, and wrestling coach at the middle school and high school levels during this time as well.

Every Christmas, Ron called the school nurse to ask her to suggest a student whose family was struggling to pay the bill for school lunches. He stipulated that it shouldn’t be a family that qualified for free and reduced lunches and that they had to be making a good faith effort to pay the bill. Sometimes it would be a family with more than one student. It didn’t matter. If they were trying, Ron would pay for those student’s lunches for the rest of the school year, thereby relieving the family of that expense.

Thomason unexpectedly passed away on February 3, 2019. The workings of Ron Thomason continue to carry on at Marion Independent with his family establishing the Ron Thomason Trust to help students in need. Donations will be used to fund student lunch accounts for families who are experiencing an unexpected hardship but do not qualify for free and reduced lunch, and who have demonstrated a good-faith effort in keeping current with their payments. School administrators, counselors, and nurses will be able to recommend a family in need to receive this support.

You may send company matching gift forms to the mailing address below or direct info to marionfoundation@marion-isd.org. The Marion Independent School Foundation & Alumni Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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To make an offline donation:

  1. Make your check payable to "Marion School Foundation"
  2. On the memo line indicate "Thomason Memorial"
  3. Mail your check to:
    Marion School Foundation
    777 S 15th St.
    Marion, IA 52302

Donation Total: $50.00

Mike Combs Memorial Fund

Mike was dedicated to supporting his children and athletics at Marion High School. He coached Marion…

Mike Combs Memorial Fund

Mike was dedicated to supporting his children and athletics at Marion High School. He coached Marion feeder teams for softball, basketball, baseball, and football for many years and volunteered in many capacities for Marion junior high and high school track, football, baseball and basketball. In 2017, he was recognized at the Iowa Girls State Basketball Tournament as a model of sportsmanship and decorum for Marion High School and its community. Mike passed away unexpectedly on December 13, 2018 at age 53.

His family established the Mike Combs Memorial Fund to support education and athletics in his memory. To make a contribution, you may donate online or send a check using the information below. The Foundation will inform the Combs family about your donation unless otherwise requested in the comment box below.

You may send company matching gift forms to the mailing address below or direct info to marionfoundation@marion-isd.org. The Marion Independent School Foundation & Alumni Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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To make an offline donation:

  1. Make your check payable to "Marion School Foundation"
  2. On the memo line indicate "Combs Memorial Fund"
  3. Mail your check to:
    Marion School Foundation
    777 S 15th St.
    Marion, IA 52302

Donation Total: $50.00

Ruth S. Henderson Scholarship Fund

Ruth Henderson was a business teacher of 20 years at Marion High School. Her family has…

Ruth S. Henderson Scholarship Fund

Ruth Henderson moved to Cedar Rapids, IA in 1964, with a Business and Commerce degree from Bucknell University. With her three children in school Ruth went back to college to earn her teaching certificate. After student teaching at Washington High School (Cedar Rapids) Ruth went on to teach business, and later computer, classes at Marion High School for 20 years. She was engaged with her students as a teacher and mentor, and made life-long friendships with her fellow teachers. Her family established this scholarship fund for students pursuing post-secondary education in recognition of her service to Marion High School.

You may send company matching gift forms to the mailing address below or direct info to marionfoundation@marion-isd.org. The Marion Independent School Foundation & Alumni Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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To make an offline donation:

  1. Make your check payable to "Marion School Foundation"
  2. On the memo line indicate "Henderson Scholarship"
  3. Mail your check to:
    Marion School Foundation
    777 S 15th St.
    Marion, IA 52302

Donation Total: $50.00

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