OTOD Community Involvement

By: Paula Constable
OTOD Chairperson

The Johnson Creek One Team campaign is driven by many volunteers and supporters, including parents, staff, coaches, students, alumni, community members, and businesses. It truly is a team effort.

Families and individuals are contributing directly to the campaign through donations and pledges.

District parents, Mike and Heidi Henningsen, recently made a two year pledge to the campaign.

Mike said, “Schools play a vital role in the success of a community. Having modern, up to date facilities paired with solid academics helps attract and retain families and businesses which ultimately benefits everyone in the community. Heidi and I are thankful to be able to contribute to what we see as a very worthwhile project!”

Another family chose to make their donations via a monthly direct deposit. They have committed to continue their contributions until the new fields’ goal is reached. “It works best for us to set a monthly budget and we are happy to do it. We can change that amount whenever we need to or stop it all together.”

We have also had donations come in from the families of Johnson Creek Alumni in memory of a loved one. The Reinders family donated in memory of Leonard Reinders, Johnson Creek Alumni, class of 1965.

The Schuenke Family donated to the campaign in Memory of Charles “Chuck” Schuenke, Johnson Creek Class of 1944. Chuck was on the 1944 undefeated JC basketball team that went to State.

1944 undefeated Johnson Creek basketball team. Charles “Chuck” Schuenke is first row, second from the right.
1944 undefeated Johnson Creek basketball team. Charles “Chuck” Schuenke is first row, second from the right.

Parents are leading the way with involvement. As the campaign continues to move forward, more are coming forward to volunteer and to help make a difference. The Gala was organized by parents and it was the parents that stole the show that night with their generosity.

The Johnson Creek Boot Camp started in August with all proceeds going to the fields. To date, $1850 has raised. Boot Camp is typically offered Mon, Tues & Thurs mornings at 5:15am – 6:15am in the Johnson Creek School District MS/HS gym. Parent volunteers, Diana Hadley Thomas and Victoria Toebe lead the morning workouts with a mix of cardio, weights, and plyometrics. All fitness levels and ages are welcome as every workout can be modified to meet your needs. Price is just $40/month or a $4 drop in fee.

Run for the Fields is now in its third year and was started and organized by parent, Diana Thomas. Parents, staff, community members and JC athletes, all help to make this community event happen. The JC pep band is there at the start of the race, the cross country and football teams volunteer along the course, and the softball team and coaches cook the pancake breakfast that takes place after the Kids’ Fun Run. This event has generated $14,473 in proceeds for the campaign. This year’s Run for the Fields will be held on Saturday, October 8.

The One Team One Dream Brick Walk, which is scheduled to be launched this fall, will be lead by Anne Gunn, another parent. The Brick Walk, which has been highly anticipated by many, will be a very important community aspect of the campaign. Families, individuals, organizations and businesses will be able to purchase bricks which will be engraved with their names or in memory/honor of loved ones. In addition to the various sized bricks, there will be benches and flag poles throughout the new campus that will available for sponsorship.

Students and athletes are also taking ownership. They are getting involved by attending and volunteering at events and donating auction items. A group of high school students and athletes created a short video, thanking supporters and sharing what participation in sports means to them and the impact it has had on their lives. The video was shared at the Gala and on the district blog.

The younger students are getting involved, too. This past December, in conjunction with the Elementary Winter Music Program, families and guests were able to purchase craft items that elementary students made. Students were able to raise $427 in one night to donate to One Team One Dream.

Student Council
Staff and school board members are volunteering, attending and donating as well. The JCEA teachers union and JC teachers volunteered their time concession stands during the winter sports season and were able to raise $672.90.
Community members are showing their support by attending events, buying t-shirts, auction items and raffle tickets but that’s not all. The Johnson Creek Historical Society and the Johnson Creek Fire Department are planning a joint fundraiser event with proceeds going to the new athletic fields. Details and the date will be announced.

Teachers Volunteer
Teachers Kelly Thomsen, Kim Ryan, and Kristi Gawel help with concessions.

Campaign Honorary Chairperson, Lyle Wuestenberg of J & L Tire, is organizing the One Team One Dream Golf Outing, set for Thursday, September 22. Lyle and his team bring much experience from assisting the successful Rainbow Hospice Golf Outings.

Small and local businesses are also getting involved in various ways, including event sponsorship, auction donations, and donating a percentage of their sales directly to the campaign. Not only are these businesses helping to raise money with their customers, but they are also helping the cause by getting the word out to the public.

There are many different ways to support the One Team One Dream efforts. More information on donations, direct donations, events, volunteering, and the project can be found at www.jconeteamonedream.com, otod@johnsoncreekschools.org, or by calling Cale Vogel at 699-3481.

The ultimate goal is to get these fields completed for the students and future generations to enjoy but the rewards are further reaching. Community pride, achievement, and ownership in the project are the lasting rewards. Thank you to all who are part of the team!

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