In 2003 a group of area citizens banded together to form an advisory board to begin a non-profit foundation to benefit Henning Public School. They were formed to raise funds for special projects as deemed necessary to improve the education at the small town school. Who knew then that they would celebrate 20 years of success?

Over the past 20 years, the Building a Legacy Education Foundation has tirelessly followed its mission statement to “promote, enhance and enrich educational opportunities for students in Independent School District 545” by providing support to numerous projects within Henning High School.

In 2003, school liaison, the late Susan Reinbold, was contacted by Legacy founder Ruth Bosse to ask about any interest there may be within the school in starting a non-profit for the school; Reinbold agreed. Reinbold’s suggested name for the yet to be formed organization was accepted by the State of Minnesota and the bylaws were filed and corporate papers finalized. Building a Legacy Education Foundation was born.

The funding process involves teachers completing funding request forms for projects and events for which they are seeking funds and the Legacy board reviews and grants/denies them. Projects too numerous to mention have been supported, with the very first being to provide an update to the art curriculum and purchase supplies to enhance the program. Over the years funds have gone to class trips, targeted after school programs, sports boosters, post prom, summer rec, marching band banner, 3rd-4th grade sewing project, update playground equipment and building an outdoor classroom, just to name a few.

The annual Legacy Golf Tournament held at Oakwood is the foundation’s premiere fundraiser. Funds raised during this event are shared with the sports boosters. Participants enjoy the outdoor event, food and prizes while benefiting the students at Henning High School. 

Legacy president, Darin Deckert, would also like to remind area residents that memorials are also accepted. All donations are tax deductible.

Legacy is currently involved in receiving funds for the library improvement project, Pages for a Purpose, to provide much needed updated reading materials at Henning Public School. This project not only enhances opportunities for students, but also members of the public who utilize the school library. 

Legacy requests that individuals consider contributing to this important community project by sending donations to P.O. Box 429, Henning, MN.

The ongoing success of the foundation relies upon the generosity and support of everyone. The foundation sincerely thanks all who have supported their efforts over the last 20 years. They will continue working to Build a Better Student through Building a Legacy.