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NorthStar to be honored as ‘Champion in Education’

October 21, 2015
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

ELC Foundation chose Northstar "key supporter" for its annual award

By Amy H. Peterson

Staff Writer

ELC Foundation is gearing up for its annual Champions in Education dinner Saturday night at the Estherville Elk's Lodge beginning at 6:30 p.m.

"Northstar has been instrumental in our work to make education better in Estherville," Dr. Lisa Dreeszen said.

The bank has been a longtime donor to the foundation, providing key financial support recently for the electronic sign outside the high school. Beyond money, according to Holle Smith at Northstar, the bank has partnered with the school in more missional ways.

"As we look at the mission of our bank: provide the area with top quality bank and insurance services that will help area residents reach their goals for success and happiness, and the ELC school's mission, to ensure that all students maximize their learning potential in becoming confident, independent, productive citizens with good character, we note that both missions are targeted at building our community," Smith said.

NorthStar Bank & Agency has been involved with the school in many ways. Preschool and elementary students come to the bank for a tour and behind the scenes look at bank operations. Bank staff visits classrooms at many levels to teach the importance of savings and basic money management.

In the high school's personal finance class, the staff presents credit and loan information and plays the role of employer for practice job interviews.

"We have been a financial supporter of various school projects, including the high school gym scoreboard, renovation of the baseball field and the Back to School Bash," Smith said.

Dreeszen pointed out "Northstar is also a member of the Booster Club, Patrons of the Fine Arts, and the ELC Foundation, and they contribute every year to the back to school supplies drive."

"We believe in the community of Estherville," Smith said. "We are deeply humbled to be honored this way and look forward to contributing to the school and community for many years to come."

Tickets for the dinner are $30 and are available from any ELC Foundation board member, the ELC District Central office, as well as at the door.



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