In 1955, the Indiana General Assembly passed legislation permitting a township to create a non-partisan system of school government. Because of this legislation, the Metropolitan District of Washington Township came into being on August 1, 1955. This legislative change from a trustee-based system to an elected school board was the first action in a long history of stakeholder-driven support of public education and setting a higher standard for educational excellence in Washington Township.

In the years that have followed, that stakeholder-driven support has come to mean millions of private dollars invested to advance the achievements of world-class public education. It is our primary mission to build on the legacy of those visionaries in 1955 and enrich the lives of our students with the best public education experience in the state. We do that, primarily, through our Annual Fund, which affords us the opportunity to award hundreds-of-thousands of dollars annually to our teachers, classrooms and schools. This giving society represents the most dedicated of those Annual Fund supporters.

We invite you to become a member of the Advancement Center’s most important giving society. It’s simple. All unrestricted gifts of at least $1,000 per year to the Annual Fund qualify you for membership, which includes:

The easiest way for us to make the greatest impact — to fulfill the mission that was created in 1955 — is to continue investing in our Annual Fund. Please be a part of that legacy by joining the 1955 Society today. Contact Shawn Collinsworth, CEO of the Advancement Center, for more information.

2016-17 Inaugural Members

Greg & Sally Akers
Gaurav & Rebecca Arora
Lynn Boatman
Justin & Claire Bolles
Dan & Val Boots
Karole Butz
Greg & Carrie Cagnassola
Rob Caito & Dena Rae Hancock
Paul & Liz Calkins
Dwight & Ann Chernish
Shawn & Ellen Collinsworth
Ryan & Kelli Jane Cronk
Ken Crook
Terry & Kris Cudahy
Alan & Anne Dinner
Tony & Jennifer Dzwonar
Bill Farkas
Tim & Amy George
Charlie & Lori Grandy
Perry & Michelle Griffith
Jim & Christy Jacobi
Bob & Judith James
Matt & Emily Kaiser
Don & Grace Kite
Marc & Pam Klein
Larry & Beth Lammers
Louis & Leigh Lazaron
Jim & Sara Lootens
Mac & Sarah McNaught
Eric & Crystal Miller
John & Robin Minturn
Chad & Jennifer Patsel
Andrew Pike
Bill & Heather Pitcock
Ralph & Hope Powers
Steve & Jane Pratt
Jim & Leigh Purcell
Lance & Ellen Rettig
Mike & Mary Rice
John & Susie Ross
Andy & Joanna Russell
Steve & Jennifer Sanner
Jeff & Donna Schmahl
Dick & Jamie Schulte
Jeff & Cassandra Short
David & Jacqueline Simon
Wendy Sommers
Dave & Ann Sternberg
Kip & Robin Tew
Bill & Laurie Turner
Jerimi & Kristin Ullom
Kathy White
Thomas Whitaker & Ann Zerr
Steve & Ginat Wintermeyer Mirowski
Nikki Woodson
Daryle & Suzanne Zybert