The Minnewaska Laker Foundation was formed in September 2007 as a non-profit tax exempt organization,
to support and improve the activities programs (including athletics, fine arts, music and academic activities)
of the Minnewaska Area School District #2149. Our mission is to maximize educational opportunities for
students to participate in Minnewaska Laker activities, by:
- Helping fund necessary equipment, supplies, and special projects;
- Supporting students and activities;
- Building ties among alumni, the Minnewaska schools, communities, and the current students; and
- Emphasizing concepts learned through participation in sports, band, choir and other activities
that carry over to academics and personal development.
Who We Serve:
The Minnewaska Laker Foundation serves the girls and boys in the Minnewaska Area Schools junior and senior high school.
These boys and girls are from the following communities: Glenwood, Starbuck, Villard, Lowry, Sedan and Terrace.
The Laker Foundation encourages students to participate in fine arts, music, athletics, and academic activities,
by helping assure that these opportunities continue.
The Value of Activities for Students and the Community:
The Laker Foundation is aware that the community values the educational opportunities afforded by participation in activities and wants to help assure this continues. On average, 75% of students in grades 7-12 participate in at least one school-sponsored activity. We hope to encourage even higher participation in the future.
Activities support the academic mission of schools and are an extension of a good educational program.
Students in activity programs tend to have higher grade-point averages, better attendance records, lower dropout rates and fewer discipline problems than students generally. Activity programs provide valuable lessons in teamwork, sportsmanship, and hard work, and students learn self-discipline and leadership, build self-confidence, and develop skills that carry through the rest of their lives.