In an effort to recognize the accomplishments and efforts of a community contributor who goes “above and beyond,” the Mason Schools Foundation established the Campbell Family Founder’s Award in honor of Ken and Joan Campbell and their family. The Campbell and Leffler families’ initial generosity, innovation and vision led to the creation of the Mason Schools Foundation.

Each year, community members are invited to nominate individuals who go above and beyond their job descriptions, whether they be volunteers or paid employees, to support Mason City Schools. An annual recipient is selected by the Mason Schools Foundation Board and awarded at the gala in the Fall.

2021 Award Recipient, Casey Moran, Community Volunteer

The Campbell Family Founder’s Award is in honor of Ken and Joan Campbell’s generosity, innovation and vision that led to the creation of the Mason Schools Foundation.  This award recognizes community members like Casey who go “above and beyond.”  Casey is a powerful district advocate leading the MHS After Prom, Comet Cupboard, and many school funding initiatives.  She is a powerful leader in our community and we are very appreciative of her efforts.  Thank you, Casey!


Past Founder’s Award Recipients

2020 Recipients: Deena Little, Mason Intermediate gifted teacher and Amy Hammond, Mason Elementary gifted teacher

2019 Recipient: Mary-Ellen Theisen, MHS Hope Squad and Special Education Aide

2018 Recipients: The Peraino’s, Founding Board Members

2017 Recipient: Coach Wheeler, Mason Middle School Boys Cross Country Coach

2016 Recipient: Laurie Mitroff, Mason Make a Difference Day Leader

2015 Recipient: Greg Scheid, King Island Vice President

2014 Recipient: Dale Moberly, Mason Intermediate School 5th grade teacher

2012 Recipient: John Odell (posthumous) Mason School Board member, and Tracey & David Beckman, Mason City Schools Whiz Kids volunteers

2011 Recipient: Michelle Krugh, Mason Intermediate School Guidance Counselor

2010 Recipient: Cynthia Handy, Mason Intermediate School 5th grade teacher

2009 Recipient: Rosemary Wells, Mason City Schools parent volunteer, Backpack Program Founder

2008 Recipient: Joan and Ken Campbell, Mason City Schools grandparents

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