October 2017 News and Notes

Skinner Receives Top Award

Williston High School educator, Amanda Skinner, has been named the North Dakota Techie Teacher of the Year for 2017 by the North Dakota Association of Technology Leaders (NDATL).

Amanda Skinner, WHS teacher with purple hair, glasses, and a flannel, holds her teacher of the year award and smiles.

Mrs. Skinner teaches STEM classes at WHS, including a Robotics Class, that the Coyote Foundation helped provide funds to purchase the robots.  She also successfully introduced a new IT Essentials Class at WHS, providing her students the opportunity to learn more about IT support and careers in the field of technology.

This is not the first award Mrs. Skinner has been given for her efforts.  She also received a STEM award through Statoil to attend a STEM academy last year.

Congrats to Mrs. Skinner!  Keep up the great work for our students!

Gifts to the foundation:

  • Larry and Carol Mockel, in memory of Sonja Haugen
  • Lois and Edward Nelson, for the Taylor Nelson Memorial Scholarship
  • Ann Christensen, in memory of Darlene Leinen
  • Brad and Marilyn Olson, in memory of Dee Black and Norma Davidson
  • Roger and Sandy Kohlman, in memory of Norma Oyen
  • Class of 90, to start the Ben McIvor Memorial Scholarship
  • James and Carrie Berg, in memory of Ben McIvor
  • Gary and Leora Sukut, in memory of Sonja Haugen and Donald Stewart
  • Gerald Moss
  • Terry Kalil, in memory of Leona Kalil Lukenbill
  • Valli and Rod Helstad, in memory of Steve Oyloe
  • Alan and Debra Fedorenko, in memory of Steve Oyloe
  • Sherri and Mat Ekblad, in memory of Donald Stewart
  • Jerome Lund, in memory of Donald Stewart
  • S.A. or Amy Reep, in memory of George Hegge and Lois Moline Dynneson Olsen
  • Jack Long & Sandy Benth, in memory of Donald Stewart
  • Dean and Judith Hammer, in memory of Donald Stewart
  • Linda Stordahl, in memory of Lois Moline Olsen
  • Betty Koerner, in memory of Lois Moline Olsen
  • Floyd and Lyla Semenko, in memory of  Delores Ouse

Alumni deaths:

Did you know???

We do so much more than scholarships at the Williston Coyote Foundation. We also look for ways to help the schools through unrestricted funds donated to our Foundation, grants written on behalf of the schools, and donor-specific gifts.

This month alone, we received two large, donor-specified gifts that are going directly to Williston Public Schools.

​This year we have also received numerous grant dollars from the Robert Herman Family Foundation to fund things like the STEM program at WHS, the Diesel Tech program at WHS, flexible seating in the elementary schools, technology for special needs classrooms, and more.

We also received an in-kind donation from ACME Tools in Williston. They gave us a large lot of tools for the Buildings and Trades classes at Williston High School.

If you or your company would like to know more about ways you can help Williston Public Schools, please feel free to contact us at the Williston Coyote Foundation. We would love to visit with you about how your donation can be used for the benefit of the schools, students, and staff of WPSD #1.

As always, your donations are tax-deductible and very much appreciated. You can donate conveniently online or can mail any donations to our address listed below. We could not continue our mission of promoting and supporting Williston Public School District #1 without the help of our generous donors!