Event raises funds for students in need
By Holly Neumann
For the past six years the annual Share-A-Tea event has raised funds for students in need at the Iola-Scandinavia School District.
“We have a heart for our students,” said Ila Sanders, who helps organize the event. “There is a lot of work that goes into this. The reward is giving back to those in need.”
Sanders indicated that over the past several years they have given over $13,000 to the district.
“We are hoping that total is closer to $20,000 after this year,” said Bill Lund, who helps with the event.
The theme for this year was “A Victorian Christmas Tea.”
Over 130 guests came to the high school, where the cafeteria had been transformed into a dining room, filled with beautifully decorated tables and even a chandelier.
Johnathan Turba, choral director at the district, played music while guests enjoyed sandwiches, scones and dessert.
“This is really awesome,” said 9 year old Kelly Jones. “I like the food. It’s usually something I have never had before.”
“I like the tea,” added 7 year old Sophia Sobstad. “That is my favorite part of coming.”
Some of the guests have attended every event from the beginning.
“I taught at Iola-Scandinavia,” said Linda Johnson. “The profits from this go to the school and this is a way that I can help give back.”
“This gets better and better each year,” added Marlene Volz. “Look at how beautiful it is in here.”
Ted Krueger was attending for the first time.
“My wife decided to drag me along,” said Krueger. “It is definitely interesting. I am looking forward to trying the teas.”
School Counselor Caitlin Young attended the event with her daughter Gabriella.
“This is so important to our students,” she said. “I have already used some of the funds this year. It is great that we have a community that supports and recognizes that we have students in need.”