District Highlights March 2011

Snake River School District #52



Julie Wada, Snake River Board Chairman, accepts $1100 check from Twin Butte Lions Club members Janet Williams, Glenna Hale, and Alden Hale for chairs for new high school cafeteria.

On Wednesday March 16, 2011, the board highlighted:


Twin Buttes Lions Club Makes Presentation

  Members of the Twin Buttes Lions Club donated $1100 to help buy chairs for the new Snake River High School cafeteria this year. The money was raised at   their annual Sweetheart Breakfast in February where they served over 200 people.  For the past 25 years, the Lions have designated the proceeds from this fund raising tradition to a variety of community members with special needs or to local projects.  The high school is very appreciative of their contribution for the chairs this year.


Snake River Education Foundation Presentation

      The Snake River Education Foundation and the Snake River Board of Trustees honored Arden Smith for his service to the SREF.  Arden was the longest serving president the Foundation has had in its 21 year history.  During the seven years he worked with the Foundation as president, he made it his goal to help the organization reach a contribution milestone of more than $500,000 for the Snake River School District.  He has been very involved in all their fundraising activities, especially the Halloween Carnival which started under his presidency. This year Arden asked the contractors working on the district buildings if they would generously donate the proceeds from their scrap metal to the Foundation to help buy chairs for the high school lunch room.  Also, during his tenure, the Fine Arts Association and its wonderful programs became a part of the Foundation so the district and its students continue to be enriched both culturally and financially.

      Since its inception in 1990, the Foundation has become a stalwart part of the district’s support structure. It offers teachers opportunities for grants, scholarships and matching funds for classroom and educational needs. The SREF strives to give patrons a chance to contribute to the schools while qualifying for tax deductions so everyone is in a win-win situation! The SREF Board said Arden’s leadership truly made a difference.




Superintendent Russell Hammond and Board SREF Liaison, Carol Hepworth, Jana McBride, SREF president, Arden Smith, past SREF president, with Julie Wada and Bonnie Egbert, SREF board members.




















10th Annual Snake River FFA Alumni Auction


SR FFA freshman Dexton Lake is taking inventory as Megan Bevan, President, counts the bags of Pendleton All Purpose Flour being unloaded and stacked by Gunner Bott, Steton Neff, and Logan Reynolds.

      Hundreds of local businesses supported the 10th Annual Snake River FFA Alumni Scholarship/Activities Auction.  Delwin Bevan, President of the Snake River FFA Alumni, organized the efforts of the alumni council members as they solicited items that were auctioned off on March 11, 2011 in the name of scholarships for members of the Snake River FFA Chapter. 

      Most businesses have donated to the auction annually since its inception in 2002.  This year Pendleton Flour Mill donated 98 25-lb. bags of all purpose flour.  Bingham Coop Fertilizer donated ten 2½ gallon jugs of Round-up Powermax.  The Bingham County Farm Bureau and Young Farmers and Ranchers donated a half of a market hog cut and wrapped.  Horse tack, tools, gift certificates, a custom made mail box, jewelry, hay, Dutch ovens, honey, mufflers, metal fire rings, a custom made metal bench, loads of gravel, quilts, toy tricycles, benches, and checks, are just some of the items that were donated. 

      Over the past nine years, 30 students have been awarded $22,000 in higher education scholarships and 48 students have received a total of $7,300 to travel to national and state career development events.  Students must submit an application, which is then reviewed by the alumni council.  Scholarships are awarded based on level of participation and need.    

       This year’s auction made a little more than $10,000.  Arnold Callison donated his time as the auctioneer.  As a donation, Dr. Jason Moulton, owner of the Animal Health Clinic, catered tri-tip steaks for the dinner.  Even though we had a power outage, the auction was a huge success thanks to wonderful community and alumni support.