Band, FFA students to benefit from Tenino HS donation

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on May 8, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 8 at 5:47 PM

TENINO, Wash.  - As most school districts brace for budget cuts from the federal government, Tenino High School is increasing spending in music and vocational programs.

It’s not costing the district or taxpayers a cent.

A member of the Tenino High School Class of 1937 - who wants to remain anonymous - just gave the school $200,000 and said he would donate another million dollars when he passes away.

“He wants kids to know how to survive, how to make it in the world without asking for handouts,” said horticulture teacher Geraldine Maxfield, who got to meet with the donor.

Maxfield said the man, who’s in his 90s, said he wanted to support the Future Farmers of America club.

The donor was one of the students who founded the club at Tenino in 1935.

With the donation, the school will build a new barn and greenhouse for students. The donor also loves music. Some of his money paid for new instruments for the band.

“When you see us walking around with the new instruments, it’s like, man, we’ve got a cool band this year,” said junior Zach Kimball.

The donor told Maxfield he wants half of his million-dollar donation to go to into a college scholarship fund for Tenino graduates.

“The power of belonging to something like FFA,” said Maxfield, “It stays with someone for their entire life.”

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