On August 12, 2015, we presented the first grant check ($1,250) from the Cary S. Martin Cancer Services Memorial Fund. This is an endowment fund started by fellow MHS Class of '83 classmate Dirk Roecker in September of 2013, in time to announce at the 30th class reunion of the Class of '83. Dirk challenged other friends and classmates of Cary to donate to this fund, which will provide annual funding to the American Cancer Society's "Patient Navigation Services" program, to support other families from the Morton area who are dealing with the battle of cancer. Read more at: http://mortoncommunityfoundation.org/cary-martin-fund/
By Julie Albers, Principal, Lincoln Elementary School; Trustee, Morton Community Foundation
The new wheelchair accessible swing was recently dedicated at Lincoln Elementary School. On Tuesday, September 29, 2015, the swing was dedicated in memory of Miss Amy Hardin. Miss Hardin worked as an aide in our Intermediate Instructional Program in 2014, and was tragically killed in an automobile accident in October 2014. Amy displayed great joy and happiness while here at Lincoln Elementary School. She was a kind, thoughtful, and gentle woman. She possessed amazing patience when working with our students. She helped our students to achieve their goals and celebrated their accomplishments with them. She was a wonderful friend and colleague, and she is terribly missed by everyone at Lincoln Elementary School each day. This swing is now dedicated in Amy’s memory and will be a constant reminder for all of us of her compassion, kindness and acceptance of all students. A plaque will be attached to the concrete which will always remind us of Amy’s love and care for all children. Amy’s parents, Steve and Debbie Hardin, were in attendance at the ceremony to recognize their daughter.
Many groups contributed to the installation of this swing on the Lincoln Elementary School playground. Funding for this swing was provided from the Morton Community Foundation (MCF), via “Hannah’s Red Rocket Fund.” The family of Hannah Thompson created the fund through the MCF to support the addition of accessible swings and playground equipment in our community in honor of their daughter Hannah, who passed away several years ago. Hannah LOVED to swing, so it is fitting that this new swing will be available for all children in our community to enjoy. Hannah’s parents, Heather and Michael Thompson, along with Hannah’s grandparents, Dan and Lynn Walters, were also in attendance at the dedication ceremony.