Area farmers score $5,000 for Lakeview Community Schools


By Mike Taylor • Last Updated 3:28 pm on Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Lakeview Middle School Principal Tim Erspamer, left, accepts a check for $2,500 from Johanna Rentschler. Also pictured are, from left, Trevor, Hayden and Eugene Rentschler. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

LAKEVIEW — Lakeview High School and Middle School both received a financial boost Monday evening when area farmers Johanna and Eugene Rentschler donated $2,500 to each school. The donation comes as a result of Johanna Rentschler being selected as a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities, a program sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

The initiative allows farmers a chance to win money to be used for projects that enhance the communities in which they live.

According to Johanna Rentschler, she entered the contest last August but did not find out she had been selected until February.

“I wasn’t supposed to say anything to anybody until they verified all the paperwork,” Rentschler said. “We’ve gotten the (contest entry) form before, but never did anything with it until it crossed my path. I said, ‘Hmm, why not?’”

As a home school liaison for Lakeview Community Schools, Rentschler had little trouble selecting where the money should go.

“As an employee for the school, I know where the needs are,” Rentschler said. “No matter what we do, it seems there is never quite enough.”

Though the prize money usually totals only $2,500, Rentschler’s award was $5,000 due to the fact Montcalm County is among area counties currently suffering from a “historic drought.”

According to a Monsanto press release, the fund was established to highlight the important contributions made by area farmers to their respective communities.

The program was created to support financially strapped and worthy programs and nonprofit organizations in rural areas.

The Rentschlers presented checks to High School Principal Gary Jensen and Middle School Principal Tim Erspamer at Monday evening’s school board meeting

In other action, the school board voted to hire a construction manager for upcoming projects at the elementary, middle and high schools. Those projects will be funded through a recently passed millage increase.

Lakeview High School Principal Gary Jensen, left, accepts a check for $2,500 from Johanna Rentschler. Also pictured are, from left, Hayden, Trevor and Eugene Rentschler. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

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