Grant helps offset cost of free student activity tickets

Terry Meyer (left), local union president of the Iowa State Education Association, presents Eagle Grove Area School District Superintendent Jess Toliver (right) with a check for $500 to go towards the cost of offering free student activity tickets to students. Photo by Kim Demory

High School sporting events are a part of the overall teenage experience. Even if you’re not an athlete, many students enjoy attending the games and matches, cheering on their classmates and friends. Unfortunately, the cost of attending each and every home game from fall to spring can get costly, which ultimately left some students out of the action.

Several years ago, the school board decided they wanted all students to have the same opportunity to attend these funfilled events and began giving every enrolled student in the district a free athletic pass. Not only did they hope more students would come and support the Eagle athletes, but they hoped it would encourage them to maybe join a team themselves when they were high school age. There were many positives to this decision, but it did mean one other thing - the school district no longer had that income from the sale of admission tickets, but they were determined to make it work - and they have thanks to the generous contributions of local businesses, organizations, and grant money.

For the last couple of years, Terry Meyer, a Title 1 teacher at Eagle Grove Elementary and an Eagle Grove Educators Association (EGEA) member has applied for a grant of $500 to help offset some of the cost of the free student athletic tickets. The money comes from the Community Outreach Grant through the Iowa State Education Association, of which Meyer is the local union president for. Meyer was excited that they were able to receive this $500 once again this year.

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