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(tax included)
Number 9Volume 108February 28, 2013
By GvernrDennis Dagaard
Many states tax the sales of goods. A few also tax services.South Dakota has a broad-based,four percent sales tax on nearlyall goods and services.Because past legislators andgovernors have maintained thebroadness of the tax, it is a steady,reliable source of revenue, even intimes of economic distress.Broadening this tax base helpedGov. Janklow cut property taxes 30percent. Taxing the sales of abroad array of goods and servicesalso helps our state avoid an in-come tax.However, an ever-present temp-tation exists to ask for exceptions.Interest groups come to Pierreeach year to argue for a tax exemp-tion on their particular goods orservices. They are supported bytheir lobbyists and members.These exemptions do not havepolicy goals, other than relieving aparticular group from paying salestax. They are not designed to at-tract new economic activity orhelp create jobs.Some interest groups have bet-ter arguments than others, butone fact is always true: Each timean exemption is created, it benefitsa narrow group at the expense of all other South Dakota taxpayers.Even if some exemptions aresmall, the principle of a broad-based tax is violated.Each time an exemption iscarved out, there is less revenuefor priorities like education,healthcare, or economic develop-ment.
Eroding our broad tax base
For each exemption, we send amessage to the next interest groupthat they also should try to avoidpaying sales tax.I vetoed legislation last yearthat would have exempted thesales tax on hay for livestock bed-ding.Several exemptions have beenproposed this year, including cer-tain coaching services, some rodeoadmissions, and sales of usedtruck tires. Certainly these arevery small exemptions, proposedby groups for whom I have empa-thy.Still, I must oppose the erosionof our broad sales tax base throughrepeated, minor exemptions thatignore our overarching policygoals.I truly believe that we shouldstrive for more
, notmore
or higher rates.Spreading the burden amongmany makes each one's burdenlighter.We should not continue to chipaway at our steady, broad tax base.It’s easy to agree with eachgroup and make an exception "justthis once." But we must be vigi-lant against it.Voters, taxpayers and the pub-lic in general don’t have an associ-ation, interest group, or lobbyists. As your Governor, I believe it’smy responsibility to speak for thepeople. It’s my job to work on be-half of the unorganized manyagainst the interests of the organ-ized few.Let's keep our tax rates low byasking everyone to share in the re-sponsibility to pay.
by Larie Hindman
Wall City Council held a specialmeeting at the Wall CommunityCenter meeting room on Tuesday,
The Washington Nationals’ presidential mascots stopped for avisit at the Wall Drug Store on Tuesday, February 19. The groupwho was invited to South Dakota by The Black Hills, Badlandsand Lakes Association also stopped by Mount Rushmore tocheck on their faces. The video footage that was taped whilethey were in South Dakota will be played during future baseballgames.
~Photo Laurie Hindman
February 19.Council member Stan Andersonwas absent from the meeting.The meeting was delayed a fewminutes until Council memberRick Hustead arrived, withoutHustead there would not havebeen an accurate vote for the reso-lution.In order to proceed with the pur-chase of the Dunker property thecouncil approved Resolution 13-03and the Dunker plat. Pete Dunkerabstained from the vote.Finance Officer Carolynn Ander-son noted that the final paperworkwill be registered with the court-house by the City’s Engineer TedSchulz.Anderson also said the financecompanies are working on thematter.With no other business themeeting was adjourned.
Council holds special meeting
In last weeks paper about theflood at the Wall Drug, itshould have said that SiteWork Specialist installed a wa-termain during last years mainstreet project not a fireline.Sorry for any inconvience thismay have caused.
Presidents make a stop in WallWVFD repsonds to chimney fireat the Merlin Doyle residence
The Wall Volunteer Fire Department responded to a chimney fireat the Merlin Doyle residence on Wednesday, February 20. Thefire was caused by a build up of creosote in the chimney. “Thefire burnt out and did not cause any damage to the home other than it got a little smokey”, said Wall Volunteer Fire Chief JimKitterman.
~Photo Ann Clark 
Members of the Wall SchoolBoard were honored by the Houseand Senate at the Capitol on Tues-day for receiving the 2013 ASBSDSchool Board Award of Excellence.Wall board members received astanding ovation in each houseand were thanked for their excel-lent service in their district. Theevent coincided with the ASBSD’sLegislative Day.Wall School Board developed avision of “a district of innovationand inspiration striving for aca-demic excellence.” As part of thevision, the board has focused oncontinued support of technology byputting a laptop computer in thehands of each student in the 6-12grades, provided a monthly maga-zine for parents and communitymembers detailing classroom proj-ects and continued to develop as aboard through training.The board’s work has resulted ina variety of distinguished awards,including being recognized by theSouth Dakota Department of Edu-cation as an Exemplary Elemen-tary and High School and as a Na-tional Blue Ribbon School by theUnited States Department of Edu-cation.To be considered for the award,school boards must provide dataand evidence that board actionsled to improved student achieve-ment.ASBSD Executive DirectorWade Pogany and Leadership De-velopment Director Julie Ertz pre-sented board members with aplaque and $1,000 cash award,which was generously provided byBankWest, at an event at the
Wall School Board honoredby the house and senate
school in January.ASBSD is a private, non-profitassociation representing morethan 880 South Dakota schoolboard members, the 150 school dis-tricts they govern and the studentsthey serve. Our mission is to ad-vance public education by empow-ering local school board leadersand advocating for a thriving pub-lic education system.
Wall School Board members. Pictured back row: from left toright ... Kevin Bielmaier, Todd Trask and Scot Eisenbraun. Frontrow: from left to right ... Carolynn Anderson, Pam Johnson andMary Williams. (not pictured Spencer Cordes.)
~Courtesy Photo
by Cris AndersonNew Underwood Post
What keeps a humble man athis profession for over 37 years?What drives someone to clock inand out doing the same tasks dayin and day out for a career? If youask New Underwood’s First Inter-state bank’s vice president andbranch manager, Larry Graham,it’s all about the people.“I am going to miss the peoplethe most,” stated Graham duringhis morning banking routine.“That’s been the neatest partabout working my career in ruralbanks. The people are very down-to-earth people. They simply are just good people.”Graham began his career in thebanking industry in Chugwater,Wyo. “I started there in 1969. Wewent through a name change andwhen I left Chugwater, it was FirstNational Bank of Chugwater.”Growing up south of Winner,Graham enjoyed the rural atmos-phere. “I then worked in the WallFirst Western Bank beginning in1976 and was employed there justshy of 12 years as vice presidentand cashier,” explained Graham. “Inever was interested in the titles,”stated Graham. “I told them theycould call me the janitor if theywanted as long as they left thecash on the table,” joked Graham.In 1988, the New UnderwoodFirst Western Bank, now knownas the First Interstate Bank, wel-comed Graham on board as vicepresident and bank manager andthe community benefitted fromGraham’s involvement of many of the community’s active groups likethe New Underwood Lion’s Cluband New Underwood EconomicDevelopment Committee. “The 37years comes in with the FirstWestern Bank and First InterstateBank name change,” explainedGraham.Through the years, Graham hasseen incredible changes. “When Istarted, they almost had the stonetablets,” commented Graham jok-ingly. “The biggest change of course has been the automationand technology. Technology, tech-nology, technology. Just think backto how it has changed. In Chugwa-ter, we had financial calculatormachines that took up a large partof the desk,” stated Graham. “Nowwe have hand-held things. Thetechnology has been amazing.”Through the years, it is onlynatural to have a few things thatpush your proverbial buttons.“Lately what has been grinding myteeth is the changes in all of thebanking regulations,” complainedGraham. “They change them to tryand benefit the people when allthey do is really make it worse forthe people. The toughest area rightnow for the rural banking industryis housing loans. South DakotaBankers Association did a surveyrecently, and almost every ruralstate bank does not do home loans.The penalties and regulationsmake it very difficult if the bankmesses something up,” stated Gra-ham.Retirement from a 37-year ca-reer does not mean slowing down.“Next up for me is helping mybrother-in-law calve calves,”chuckled Graham. “I’ve been fixingfence on the weekends and weneed to move cows. There is hay tomove. I consider myself just day-labor now.”This coming Monday, duties willbe shoved around the First Inter-state Bank in New Underwood aslongtime employee Brett Hansonwill step up to the plate to fill theshoes of the exited Graham.“Everyone will be picking up extraduties here,” said Graham.Hanson talked about his col-league’s retirement. “This comingMay, Larry and I would haveworked together for 20 years,”stated Hanson. “And I can tell youthat he is truly one of the best peo-ple I have ever worked for. I ar-rived at the First Western Bankhere in New Underwood in 1993.”Hanson talked about thechange. “Laurel Venhuizen will be-come an officer. She and I will besplitting the duties that Larry ac-complished. She will take on someof the tasks that I did and we willsplit what Larry did,” explainedHanson.Graham was honored with twoopen houses and First InterstateBank threw their employee a pri-vate party to commemorate the oc-casion.
Larry Graham retires from banking inWall and New Underwood
Grapplers capture State B Wrestling Tournament runner-up spot
The Badlands Brawlers took the State B Wrestling Tournament by storm and brought back the runner-up trophy. The team took thesecond place spot early during the first day of action and never looked back, but they might have been sweating it a little there atthe end. The second place finish wasn’t secured until the fourth to last match when a Canton wrestler, who was expected to win,failed to do so. Just four points separated the second through fourth place teams.
~Photo by Deb Smith
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From the Senators Desk
 By District 30 
Senator Bruce Rampelberg 
Week in Review
 By District 30 Representative Lance Russell
My senior project
The U.S. Forest Service has re-leased and is seeking public com-ment on the proposed 2012 Plan-ning Rule Directives, the key set of agency guidance documents thatwill direct implementation of the2012 Planning Rule.The announcement will be fol-lowed by the publication of a noticein the Federal Register of theavailability of the proposed direc-tives for public review and com-ment.The Federal Register notice willbegin the official 60 day commentperiod.The proposed directives will helpthe Forest Service achieve the vi-sion articulated in the 2012 Plan-ning Rule – to develop, revise andamend land management plansthat protect and restore NationalForests and Grasslands for thebenefit of communities, natural re-sources and the environment.The Agency’s intent is to ensurean adaptive land managementplanning process that is inclusive,efficient, collaborative and science-based to promote healthy, re-silient, diverse and productive na-tional forests and grasslands.The 2012 Planning Rule was de-veloped after more than two and ahalf years of public input, includ-ing more than 300,000 public com-ments.In proposing these directivesand publishing them for publiccomment, the Agency intends tobuild on this participatory andopen process. Feedback from thepublic is sought and encouragedduring the 60-day comment period.A Federal Advisory CommitteeThe Central States Fair ispleased to announce Justin Moorewill perform Sunday, August 18,as part of the 2013 Central StatesFair Black Hills Power Concert Se-ries.Moore has been steadily climb-ing the country charts with suchhits as "Til My Last Day," "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away" and"Backwoods."“We plan on offering a combina-tion of country and rock and roll tothis years' Central States Fair,"said Ron Jeffries, CSF generalmanager.The Senate has labored through22 bills on the floor. Most of theminvolved some level of funding andwill go back to the Joint Appropri-ations Committee for actualamounts that fit into the 2014budget.Several bills were related to pro-viding college scholarships and SB191 provided for increases to thestate aid formula. All of them will be factored intoactual dollar amounts during thenext couple of weeks.During the next week, the Bu-reau of Finance and Management,the Legislative Research Counciland the Appropriations Committeewill all complete their budgets. A final budget will be built usinginformation from all three and itwill be presented as one of thefinal bills to the House and Senate.Intense discussions about anyunallocated funds are in full mo-tion. I continue to lobby for morefunding for education and healthissues.However, there is considerableconcern about the lack of spendingrestraint at the federal level andthe potential for stalemate in theupcoming Congressional deadlinesrelating to sequestration, increas-ing the debt limit and matchingtax increases with spending cuts.As a result, there is some energybehind increasing reserves ratherthan providing one-time money forvarious needs.Medicaid continues to be thesubject of many emails.The Senate Health Committeeheld a joint hearing to obtain bothpro and con statements about SDexpanding Medicaid coverage to48,000 more people. As you might imagine, the roomwas packed with standing roomonly.The vast majority were askingfor the state to accept federalmoney and cover the 48,000 peo-ple.However, in my opinion, theGovernor and legislative leader-ship continue to mistrust federalpromises and it is unlikely S.D.,will be going that direction.Please continue to contact mewith your comments and ques-tions.My e-mail in Pierre is sen.ram-pelberg@state.sd.us and my cell-phone is 605-390-2165
“1953 Ford Pickup Bed Restoration” was the senior project for Trey Richter. Richter rebuilt the floor of Mr Rieckman’s pickup.He said this was the most solid project for him because he hadall the tools and an old pickup. Richter plans to attend SDSU thiscoming fall and get all of this gen ed classes out of the way be-fore he decides on a major.
~Photos Laurie Hindman
“Planning my Dad’s Funeral.” Kimberly Billings decided to plana funeral for her dad since he never had one. She would like tobe a funeral director since she likes to remember people in someway. Billings will attend either BHSU or go to school in Colorado.
Central States Fair announces first act
"More announcements will becoming and we're confident thisyear will again provide great af-fordable entertainment for the en-tire family."Tickets are scheduled to go onsale in early July. The CentralStates Fair will take place August16-23, 2013 and will again featurefour nights of concerts, threenights of PRCA Range Days Rodeoand motor events.For more information contactthe Central States Fair office at605-355-3861 or LIKE us on Face-book for more updates.
U.S. Forest Service seeks publicinput on planning rule directives
Comments to be accepted for 60 days
has also been formed to advise theChief of the Forest Service and theSecretary of Agriculture on imple-mentation of the new rule. One of the Committee's tasks includes re-viewing and advising upon theseproposed directives.Forest Service directives consistof the Forest Service Manual andthe Forest Service Handbookwhich contain the agency's policiesthat serve as the primary basis forinternal management, and provideprocedures and techniques to beused by resources specialists andplanning staff engaging in the de-tailed work of land managementplanning for the national forestsand grasslands.A copy of the proposed direc-tives, along with background infor-mation, can be obtained athttp://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/plan-ningrule/directives, at any re-gional Forest Service office, or bycalling (202) 205-1449.The mission of the Forest Serv-ice is to sustain the health, diver-sity, and productivity of the na-tion's forests and grasslands tomeet the needs of present and fu-ture generations.The agency manages 193 millionacres of public land, provides assis-tance to state and privatelandowners, and maintains thelargest forestry research organiza-tion in the world.Forest Service lands contributemore than $13 billion to the econ-omy each year through visitorspending alone. Those same landsprovide 20 percent of the nation’sclean water supply, a value esti-mated at $27 billion per year.
Pblic Service Annncement
 ByTrooper Slade Ross, South Dakota Highway Patrol
Sometimes the spring storms can be very dangerous. The weathercan change abruptly to very harsh conditions. If you are planning totravel please make sure you are aware of the weather forecasts. If you must be on the road, make sure that your vehicle is equippedproperly and you have the necessary supplies in case you arestranded.
By Linda M. Hiltner
One hundred years ago (1913)was the main theme at the Febru-ary Wall Writers Group meeting.We wrote on what we might haveseen along the way and themethod of travel used to get to ameeting then: horse, buggy orsleigh, which depended on theamount of snow on the ground.Another topic was: since the firstprizes were put in Cracker Jacksabout 1912, we wrote about whatwe could find in the boxes 100years ago.The last topic was on whatsomeone in 1913 would have saidabout a $7 cup of coffee.To continue theme, the topicsfor the March meeting are:(a) Write about an aspect of lifein the United States or anothercountry in 1913 (as life was 100years ago). Or,(b) Write about any topic as it re-
March meeting of Wall Writers Group
lates to life in Western SouthDakota or wherever your ancestorslived or homesteaded in 1913.This would be more about theplace your ancestors lived. Or,(c) Write a story about your fam-ily, your ancestors, as life was likefor them in 1913. This story can bebased on family history or a fic-tional story about what their lifemight have been like. For in-stance, your grandparents mayhave been newly weds or an olderuncle or aunt could have been ayoung child then.(d) As always, the last topic se-lection is Writers Choice.Our next scheduled meeting isSaturday, March 9. The WritersGroup meets at 416 Sixth Avenuein Wall, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.If you have any questions aboutthe Wall Writers Group, pleasecontact Linda (605-786-6937) orDave (279-2952). As we head into the final twoweeks of the South Dakota Leg-islative session, the pace of ad-dressing bills has become fast andhectic. As such, I question some of the decisions and thoughts beingmade on bills that appear to be fly-ing through the process.The South Dakota House of Rep-resentatives passed House Bill1214, which will allow the expan-sion of Medicaid to cover prenatalcare of people who are in theUnited States illegally.This bill passed Representative Verchio’s committee, the HouseState Affairs Committee, on aunanimous vote. When the fullHouse passed this Bill to spendyour money on illegal aliens, Rep-resentative Verchio and I voted to-gether to try to kill the Bill. HB1214 now will be considered by theSenate.I am also very concerned aboutthe efforts of the bi-partisan com-mittee considering adding 48,000able-bodied South Dakotans to theMedicaid system. Although there is no pendinglegislation, there are rumors thatanother bill will be stripped in thelast days of the Legislature to addthe “able-bodied South Dakotans”provisions, thereby growing theSouth Dakota Medicaid programto cover over 150,000 people, ormore than 10 percent of all SouthDakotans. Similar decision-mak-ing has left many states, includingIllinois and California, nearlybankrupt. As the only Republican Legisla-tor to vote two years ago againstthe Governor’s Referred Law 14,which was defeated by the votersin November, I am also concernedabout the secret meetings that arebeing conducted to revive and re-tool Referred Law 14. I am con-cerned about this process becausethe public and the press have nothad any opportunity to evaluateand participate in conversationsbeing held in order to understandthe decision-making process,which may only be divulged in thelast few days of the LegislativeSession. Decisions made when thefull Legislative Committee processis averted with last minute propos-als that deny the public and thepress meaningful input normally,results in poor legislation.My goal the last two weeks of the Legislative Session is to pro-tect your pocketbook. I will do all Ican and will report on the out-comes over the next couple of weeks.I look forward to hearing yourthoughts and feedback as we enterthis final stretch.Please e-mail me at Rep.Rus-sell@state.sdus or call the HouseFloor at 773-3851.Members of the South DakotaFarm Bureau (SDFB) visited theRonald McDonald House in SiouxFalls, bringing $1,500 worth of groceries to stock the kitchen andkicking off the weekly delivery of fresh milk for the kitchens at boththe Sanford and Avera McKennancampus Ronald McDonald Houses.“Every year during Food Check-Out Week, South Dakota FarmBureau is pleased to make a dona-tion to the Ronald McDonaldHouse, and this year we’re proudto have the most County Farm Bu-reaus participating and largest do-nation amount to date,” said CindyFoster, Chair of the SDFBWomen’s Leadership Team, afarmer from Fulton, S.D. “It’swonderful that 24 of our county or-ganizations donated enough to de-liver all of this food, and that FarmBureau will be able to sponsor theweekly delivery of fresh milk toboth Ronald McDonald Houses inSioux Falls this year.”In celebration of Farm Bureau’sannual “Food Check-Out Week”which recognizes the safe, abun-dant and affordable food providedby America’s farmers and ranch-
SDFB generously gives weeklydelivered milk to Sioux FallsRonald McDonald Houses
ers, County Farm Bureaus fromacross South Dakota made contri-butions toward food for the fami-lies who use the services at theRonald McDonald Houses.Twenty-four County Farm Bu-reaus participated this year, con-tributing a record amount of $3,275. This tops last year’s dona-tion of $2,800.The Women’s Leadership Teamshopped for the groceries in DellRapids at County Fair Foods anddelivered $1,560 worth of food tothe kitchen of the House near theSanford Hospital campus on Lake Avenue. As a follow-up, Farm Bureauwill be arranging with the SiouxFalls Hy-Vee stores to provideweekly delivery of fresh milk to thekitchens of both Ronald McDonaldHouses in Sioux Falls.Last year, SDFB began theweekly milk delivery program tothe Sanford campus House, andthis year expanded donations havemade it possible to have milk de-livered to the Houses near bothSanford and Avera McKennan.“We would like to thank theSouth Dakota Farm Bureau fortheir continued support,” saidKevin Miles, Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House CharitiesSouth Dakota. “Our mission is tohelp families have a home awayfrom home, and being able to havesupper together right here at theHouse is a fantastic gift for them.”The South Dakota Farm Bureauis a grassroots organization withmore than 13,000 farm, ranch andrural families in its membership.Learn more at www.sdfbf.org.
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Brianna Schreiber is the Wall Middle School student of themonth for February 2013. Brianna is in seventh grade and is anexcellent student! She has a positive attitude and a friendly per-sonality. She works hard in school and volunteered her time tohelp at a gymnastics meet and middle school basketball games.Brianna participates in many activities including volleyball, bas-ketball, golf, band, Youth to Youth, and Fellowship of ChristianAthletes. Brianna is the daughter of Justin and Heather Schreiber. Janet Lurz from First Interstate Bank presented Bri-anna with a First Interstate Bank sweatshirt and bag. Congratu-lations Brianna!
~Photo Laurie Hindman
From left are Darlene Matt, Chandlier Sudbeck and Marion Matt.The award is sponsored by the Philip Wrestling Club, the Mattspresent the award to the winner, in memory of their son Trent. Itgoes to the champion of the 160 weight class at the Region 4Btournament.
~Courtesy Photo
Sudbeck recipient of Matt award
Middle School student of the month
Wall AAU Wrestlers participated in the Douglas Wrestling Tour-nament on February 16, 2013. These are the AAU Wrestlers thatparticipated in the six and under age bracket. From left to right... Trevor Schulz - 2nd place, Talon Anderson - 1st place, Kyler Kjerstad - 4th place, Tyson Dartt - 1st place, Dawson Handcock- 4th place, Austan Kjerstad - 1st place.
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 AAU wrestlers participateat Douglas tournament
By Libbi Sykra
“But Mom, the library is SO BORING!” 
Yes. It is a common misunder-standing that the library is boring.Conversely, the library is simplyone of the most exciting places aperson can go in their hometown. At a given moment, librarieshold more stories than a TV possi-bly can at one time.You want your kid to start utiliz-ing the library more? Wall Com-munity Library has a couple of so-lutions to your problem.For instance, we have just re-ceived three brand new computersthrough the SD Broadband Grant.This gives your child a place toplay on the computers, do researchfor homework on our databases, orwatch juvenile YouTube videos.No worries, though. We do limitindividual time in order to makethe computers available for others.You want your kid to start read-ing more? Some teachers in ourarea have recommended that par-ents buy an eReader for their chil-dren who are rigid about reading.
Breaking standards:
“Bridging the Generation Gap” 
“It is a fun ‘toy’ that motivateskids to jump into reading,” said alocal educator. Wall CommunityLibrary actually has an online eLi-brary where patrons can check outeBooks at any time.We carry some of the newest ti-tles on the market, as well as someold favorites. Another great thing:there are no late fees! When thebook is due, the book simply ex-pires.Please stay tuned to our columnfor further information, and/orcontact our library by any of thefollowing means.We are open at 407 Main Streeton Wednesdays from 12-7 p.m.,Thursdays from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.,and 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m., and Fridaysfrom 8 a.m.-1 p.m.Feel free to call us at (605)-279-2929 or email us at wallcomlib@gwtc.net.Don’t forget to like us on Face-book! We are called Wall Commu-nity Library.We hope to see you soon at oneof “the most exciting places inWall.”
Black Hills Financial Services located at Black Hills FederalCredit Union is pleased to announce that Les Williams hasbeen selected as February’s student of the month. Les is a jun-ior at Wall High School; he works hard in school to be suc-cessful. In school Les is actively involved in many activitiesparticipating in: Football, Basketball, Golf, Student Council,FCA and Choir. Last year Les helped get the Wall teams toState in Football and Golf. In Student Council he has helpedraise money for the Children’s Miracle Network. When Les isn’tbusy at school he enjoys lifting weights and hanging out withfriends. After High School, Les plans on attending college. Lesis the son of Gary and Deb Williams, Wall, S.D. Congratula-tions Les from Black Hills Financial Services!
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BHFS student of the month
Wall Public school has receiveda $500 grant from the ExxonMobilEducational Alliance Program tosupport the School’s math, scienceor computer program.Holly Schulz/Manager of Com-mon Cents in Wall worked withschool officials to secure the grant,which is one of 2,400 available toschools across the country servedby Exxon or Mobile stations.The grants were made possibleby funding from the ExxonMobilCorporation.“Wall School works hard tomake learning interesting andfun,” said Holly Schulz/Manger.“Asan Exxon retailer, I am proud tohelp young people of Wall.”
Wall School recipient of grant
The ExxonMobil Educational Al-liance program is designed to pro-vide Exxon and Mobile retailerswith an opportunity to invest inthe future of their communitiesthrough educational grants toneighborhood schools.ExxonMobil believes that, asmembers of the community, localretailers are best qualified to workwith local educators to help iden-tify schools and programs most inneed of support.Holly Schulz/Manager metstringent eligibility criteria beforeapplying for and being awardedthis grant, including have a com-mitment to provide a superior buy-ing experience for customers.
Wall School receives grant.
Elementary Principal of Wall SchoolChuck Sykora receives a check from Holly Schulz/Manager of Common Cents in Wall on Tuesday, February 19. The grant issponsored by ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program.
~Photo Laurie Hindman

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