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Congratulations, Hall of Fame Class of 2022!

Come help us celebrating our inductees for the Hall of Fame class of 2022 the weekend of September 9-10!

Friday, September 9 – Introduction

Join us at the football game on Friday. The Hall of Fame class will be introduced at halftime.

Saturday, September 10 – Induction Ceremony and Dessert

Join us at the Saline High School Ellen Ewing Center for the Performing Arts for the official Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Learn more and RSVP here.

Class of 2022 Inductees

These distinguished individuals will be inducted into the Hall of Fame:

  • Malcolm Danforth
  • David Helmer
  • Leo Jensen
  • Ruby Kuhl
  • Terry Walters
  • Dave Wolter
  • Amy (Moore) Yakola

Thanks to the overwhelming support of the community, we raised over $55,000 to support Saline Area Schools!

Thanks to the amazing creative work of Saline Video, we have a grant highlight video to share with you.

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During a time when it seems the pandemic has found a way to slow down many organizations throughout the world – the Foundation for Saline Area Schools (FSAS) has persevered. This group of dedicated volunteers have continued to provide funding for enrichment activities, educational initiatives, and district-wide strategic goals. 

We are overwhelmed with the support we have received during a difficult time for the district and community.

“Thanks to the generosity and continued support of our donors and sponsors, FSAS has been able to award thousands of dollars in grants so far this year to Saline Area Schools that will directly impact our students.  Even through this pandemic and difficult times, FSAS donors have remained steadfast and faithful to our mission and we are grateful.”

Annherst Kreitz

As we approach the halfway point of this unprecedented 2021-2022 school year, FSAS has already approved over $98,000 worth of grants for Saline Area Schools. Carolyn McFarlane, FSAS Trustee, cannot wait to see the grants in action. “The Foundation is so happy to be able to support our students & staff.  We are excited to see the grants we’ve awarded take shape, and we are so thankful to our donors who make this possible.  In these times, it is more important than ever for our students, staff and community to come together to not only uphold the excellent education that SAS provides, but also support the social and emotional needs that are so crucial to everybody’s well being.  We look forward to more innovative, creative ideas in the future!”

Below are just a few of the recently approved grants:

Implementation of these grants is underway and will begin gaining momentum in early spring. Saline supporters can expect to see grant spotlights to better understand the depth of these ideas and the impact they will ultimately have on student achievement. 

FSAS is seeking one more round of grant applications for this school year – with a focus on student and teacher submissions. Information on a spring cycle will be coming soon, stay tuned! For more information on the application process, follow this link: https://supportfsas.org/grants/application/

Saline Live

Check out the video that explains the Saline Live program made possible through a grant from FSAS! This video was first shown at the FSAS Ignite Fall Luncheon.

Ignite Fall Luncheon 2021

From all of us at the The Foundation for Saline Area Schools, we want to say THANK YOU for making our fall fundraising event a smashing success.

With your help, we raised over $45,000! Your generosity means we can continue to support our our school district, its teachers, and most importantly, its students.

On Thursday October 14, 2021, we all came together at Liberty School to eat lunch together and get a first hand view of the impactful grants from FSAS over the past year including a live demonstration of exercise equipment granted to Saline’s Young Adult Program. We also heard a heartfelt and inspirational message from our keynote speaker, Superintendent Dr. Steve Laatsch.

All Saline Area Schools Alumni (and family) are invited to attend the rescheduled 129th annual Saline High School Alumni Banquet on September 18th, 2021, at the Saline High School Commons, located at 1300 Campus Pkwy, Saline, MI 48176. The banquet serves as an opportunity to celebrate all Saline Alumni and will feature the Class of 1971.

The Foundation for Saline Area Schools Alumni Committee will also honor the two Saline Alumni Scholarship winners at the banquet. Social hour begins at 4:00 PM, with the dinner and program beginning promptly at 5 PM. Dinner is provided by Angel Food Catering.

The deadline to purchase a ticket for the banquet is Friday, September 3rd. Tickets cannot be purchased at the door for the event.

Who: All Saline Area Schools alumni and family
Where: Saline High School Commons, located at 1300 Campus Pkwy, Saline, MI 48176
When: September 18th, 2021. Social hour at 4pm with dinner promptly at 5pm [Add this to Google Calendar]
Tickets: $20.00 per person

NOTE: Registration is now CLOSED. Thank you for your support!

The Foundation for Saline Area Schools has been making a difference by funding grants in Saline Area Schools for over 30 years. It couldn’t have made such a difference in our schools, however, without the unwavering support of its donors and sponsors even through the difficulties of the 2020-2021 school year. But in an effort to be a true community, the Foundation is stepping up to give back to these generous sponsors.

The Foundation for Saline Area School has spent over $7,000 to support sponsors that have helped them and to thank the staff of the Saline Area Schools for all of their hard work this year! People everywhere are grappling with the way that COVID-19 has affected daily life, and during this strange and unfamiliar era, it is nice to see examples of spreading love and goodwill to others!

View the article in the Saline Post at:

https://thesalinepost.com/g/saline-mi/n/23959/foundation-saline-area-schools-turns-tables-and-invests-back-its-sponsors

Over the past two years, the Foundation for Saline Area Schools and Saline Alumni Association have engaged in collaborative efforts (e.g., Saline Alumni Basketball Game, Saline Alumni Banquet), recognizing the importance of Saline Alumni engagement and working together to develop a strong sense of community. 

The Saline Alumni Association was founded in 1891, to affirm the pride and appreciation felt by the alumni of Saline High School for the education and experiences provided to them by Saline Area Schools. Historically, the Saline Alumni Association Committee has organized a Saline Alumni Banquet on the third or fourth Saturday in June to celebrate all Saline Alumni, and specially recognize the 50th year reunion class. 

Along with the banquet, the Saline Alumni Association has provided an annual scholarship to a graduating senior from Saline Area Schools. 

The Foundation for Saline Area Schools was founded in 1987, to provide private funding to support academic projects, enrichment programs, and other activities aimed at enhancing the quality of education in Saline Area Schools. Additionally, the Foundation for Saline Area Schools has organized the Hall of Fame induction process, annually recognizing a select group of individuals who have made significant contributions as a Saline Alumnus, Saline Area Schools Educator, or to the Saline Community. 

The Saline Area Alumni Association and Foundation for Saline Area Schools both hold tradition and foundational members who have been instrumental since their founding. We are grateful for the leadership of both of these organizations over the decades. The Saline Alumni Association and Foundation for Saline Area Schools both recognize the unique opportunity to unify efforts to reach, support, and engage Saline Alumni across decades in a sustainable structure, with a capacity for growth. 

Alex Schukow (Saline Alumni Association President), Betsy Marl (Saline Alumni Association Vice President), Annherst Kreitz (Foundation for Saline Area Schools Executive Director), and Katie Murphy (Former Foundation for Saline Area Schools President), signed a Memorandum of Understanding on June 24, 2020, outlining the gifting of financial assets from the Saline Alumni Association to the Foundation for Saline Area Schools. On September 15, 2020, Alex Schukow (Class of 2003) and John Heller (Class of 1977) presented Annherst Kreitz (Executive Director of FSAS, Class of 1983) with a check in the amount of $43,205.50 on behalf of the Saline Alumni Association – the financial assets. 

The Memorandum of Understanding was a collaborative effort, one that included several conversations over a year period amongst the Saline Alumni Association Committee and Foundation for Saline Area Schools leadership. The financial assets gifted to the Foundation for Saline Area Schools are restricted to a Saline Alumni Banquet Fund, Saline Alumni College Scholarship Fund, and Saline Alumni Career Technical Scholarship Fund. 

Instead of operating as a separate entity, the Saline Alumni Association Committee is now under the purview of the Foundation for Saline Area Schools, as the Saline Alumni Banquet Sub-Committee. People interested in making donations for either Saline Alumni scholarship will now make their donation to the Foundation for Saline Area 

Schools. Saline Alumni, mark your calendars, the date for the next Saline Alumni Banquet if set for June 26, 2021! 

#SalineStrong

#GoHornets 

In September, we honored our 6th Hall of Fame class with a tailgate party, on the patio, at Hornet Stadium on Friday night, and an Induction Program, with dessert reception, on Saturday night.

The Class of 2019 inductees consisted of Jennifer Allison, Jim Cameron, Kenny Feldkamp, Duane Koppelman and Mary Thomas. The Hall of Fame weekend was sponsored by R&B Plastics Machinery, A&H Lawn Service, Inc. and Dr. Katherine Kelly. For more information to nominate for the 7th Hall of Fame class click here.

Special thanks to Chartwells for catering the dessert reception

Hall of Fame Co-Presenting Sponsors

Hall of Fame Induction Program Food Sponsor