Though the town of Orofino was sleepy on September 20, Orofino Kiwanis Club raised nearly $600.00 to help with the final costs of the LCECP Orofino Head Start Project. While Misty Tolman and her niece, Drew Lashly, of TimberJack’s Pet Services volunteered to wash dogs, dog owners and other curious community members enjoyed a tour of the new facility.
Pictured left are Diane Cochran, Kiwanis Member, Misty Tolman, TimberJack’s Pet Services, Teresa Stolte, Education Manager, and Lyn Anderson, Kiwanis President, posing with a freshly washed golden retriever. “He’s an air freshener,” his owner quipped.
Community supporter, Paul Pippenger, was among the folks who toured the facility. He was surprised, he said, by the spaciousness of the classroom, expecting to see tight cubicles for various activities. He was pleased at the layout and especially appreciated the craftsmanship reflected in the remodel.
After his tour, the dogless Mr. Pippenger visited the bakery exchange, and donated a $50.00 bill for one of Cindy Freeman’s tasty pies. (Cindy, a staff member of American West Bank, baked 6 pies for the fundraiser). Ronatta’s Cakery also contributed glorious-looking pies that were exchanged for donations from eager donors.)
Joe Pippenger, formerly mayor of Orofino, stepped forward to be the president of the dynamic Friends of Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program, whose other officers included Sarah Johnson, Amber Hanes Miller, Janene Leaton, and Teresa Stolte. The group was able to raise an incredible $30,000 in donations from individuals, businesses and organizations in just 2 summers. The Nez Perce Tribe Executive Committee donated another $20,000, and a supplemental Head Start grant for $156,000 gave us most of what we needed to pay for the new facility. Pictured right, Joe Pippenger accepting a check from Clearwater Valley Hospital’s community outreach coordinator. Friends group members Janene Leaton, Sarah Johnson, Amber Hanes Miller, and Tami Plank are also pictured.
With fundraising efforts wrapping up, we encourage donors, businesses and organizations to attend the OPEN HOUSE and ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, October 13, 2014, 4:30 p.m. Celebrate this awesome community achievement with us!