Shellie Haluska, president of the Carroll High School Foundation, speaks to the Carroll Rotary Club.
Shellie Haluska, president of the Carroll High School Foundation, speaks to the Carroll Rotary Club.
March 12, 2013

One of Carroll High School's more high-profile alums is urging supporters of the school to consider contributing to a newly launched CHS Foundation.

Speaking to the Carroll Rotary Club Monday, Shellie Haluska, a 2006 CHS graduate who went on to play basketball at Iowa State University, said the CHS Foundation, officially formed late last year, is designed to provide a vehicle for charitable donations to boost the full K-12 system.

Haluska is the president of the foundation.

Funds will pay for projects and programs that aren't fully covered by the taxpayers or supported through the Booster Club.

"We left it very broad to start with," said Haluska, a financial professional with Edward Jones in Carroll. "This just creates one more area as an opportunity to give to a good cause."

Carroll High has never had a foundation, said Haluska.

Attorney Robert Peters, a CHS alum and Rotarian who did the legal work to establish the foundation, said he's had a number of clients inquire about opportunities to provide for bequests to the school. But they want to see the money help CHS go above and beyond with efforts, not just flow into the general fund, he said.

"It's good to know the Carroll High Foundation exists as another alternative," Peters said.

The foundation is expected to meet later this year to consider the addition of more members to its board of directors as well as goals on fundraising and program development.

"It's a 30-year process of getting something like this built up," said Haluska.

The board reached out to CHS graduates at recent reunion and homecoming events and already has raised money.

Those interested in supporting the foundation can do so in many ways such as: trusts and wills, cash, negotiable securities, memorials, insurance policies, real estate, tangible personal property and matching gifts.

"There's nothing more important in a person's life than an education," said Sara Anderson, vice president of the foundation and a 1964 CHS graduate.

Anderson joined Haluska at the Rotary presentation during a noon luncheon at the Carrollton Centre.

Board members oversee the funds, which are handled separately from the school district funding supported by tax dollars.