Reprinted from Eye on Sun Valley, Monday, October 8, 2018
Story and photos by Karen Bossick
Photo: Realtor Joanne Wetherell, a past president of the Wood River Women’s Foundation, was instrumental in helping set up an endowment fund for the group.
The kids ended up wanting to feed their lunch to the worms as they learned how to compost.
But whatever hunger pangs they might have suffered as a result of sacrificing parts of their lunch paid off in dividends when they headed back to school last month.
“I had one mom tell me that for the first time ever her kids were excited to start school,” said Teressa Johnson.
Johnson, who moved here three years ago from Colorado Springs, had nothing but positives to share with members of the Wood River Women’s Foundation as she told them the difference their gift of $25,000 two years in a row had made to the Wood River Community YMCA’s Power Scholar Academy.
The program, part of a national Y program in 28 states, is in its third summer in Sun Valley. Held in partnership with Blaine County School District it provides certified teachers to teach literacy and math so youngsters don’t lose skills learned over summer.