The La Crosse Public Education Foundation said they received the largest estate gift ever Thursday. More than $170,000 was left by La Crosse native Barbara Schroeder.
Schroeder passed away on February 21, 2014. She was a 1968 Central High School graduate, daughter to Edie and Russ Schroeder, and an auctioneer in the Coulee Region. Schroeder attended college at UW-La Crosse and worked for several local organizations. This included 15 years at Viterbo University, where she coordinated the tutoring program and worked in the Academic Resource Center until she retired in November, 2013.
Schroeder had no children of her own and left all of her estate to local charities. The Board of Directors of the La Crosse Public Education Foundation has chosen to deposit the funds in an agency fund. Their intention is to use the proceeds annually to supports their mission, which is to "enhance learning and opportunities for students in the School District of La Crosse".
"It's a terrific gift for us," said David Stoeffler of the La Crosse Public Education Foundation, "We are just excited about the prospects of what it can mean for the impact of students in the La Crosse School District."
The La Crosse Public Education Foundation expects to provide more than $150,000 in support to district schools through classroom grants, support for staff development, and programs to meet individual needs of students.