Donation to benefit music and theater programs

Eisenhower High School students hold a check from the Goddard Education Foundation after an anonymous donor gave the organization $15,000 to benefit the school’s band, orchestra and theater programs.

Staff Report

GODDARD – On Thursday, Jan. 20 the Goddard Education Foundation announced that an anonymous donor had gifted Eisenhower High School with $15,000 to be split evenly between the school’s band, orchestra and theater programs.
“What you have here is a gift,” the anonymous individual noted. “Thank you teachers for inspiring your students, and thank you for the gift of your music that we are lucky enough to enjoy. We hope this money continues to build not only the education of fine arts in your school, but that each of your students grow and learn the valuable, lifelong lessons music and theatre provide.”
Executive Director of the GEF Dane Baxa responded to the generous donation.
“We are beyond grateful for this generous gift,” said Baxa. “The GEF was established to build lifelong relationships, connecting alumni, retired staff, and community supporters with opportunities to make a transformational impact on the 13-year-plus educational journey of today’s students. We know this gift will expand opportunities and hopefully inspire others to consider making a difference for the 6,200 students and 1,200 educators of Goddard Public Schools. We have an amazing community that values education here in Goddard, America, and this gift is evidence of that support to our #265Family. Thank you.”
The mission of the Goddard Education Foundation (GEF) is to provide resources designed to enrich educational opportunities to the students of USD 265 through an independent nonprofit community-based organization. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Dane Baxa at 316-794-4000,, or visit