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Eisenhower Foundation Raises Funds for IKEducation on Giving Tuesday, November 28th 

The Eisenhower Foundation has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. For the first time, the Eisenhower Foundation will participate in this movement on Tuesday, November 28th to help raise funds for IKEducation, the innovative K-12 program offered free of charge onsite at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum and online at www.EisenhowerFoundation.net. Donations will be put toward Ike’s Field Trip Fund that provides IKEducation programs and activities, transportation stipends, and a special lunch for school groups visiting the Eisenhower Presidential Campus in Abilene, Kansas.

As one teacher from McPherson, Kansas, wrote when applying for a transportation stipend from Ike’s Field Trip Fund, “My colleagues and I believe taking our students to the museum is of the utmost importance. Here is a former world leader who is from our own backyard, so to speak! Eisenhower was a man of such character — a true role model. The museum staff provide high quality learning sessions that are thoroughly engaging! Our students need to have these experiences for several reasons. They need to see, touch and feel history, their history, the history of our country. History can be so abstract and the learning that goes on at the museum makes it as real as it can get in this setting. Museums are not always high on some of our families’ list of activities to engage in, so the museum offers that larger view of what learning is and how exciting it can be. It is so important for our school and our district to provide these learning venues to our students.”

Held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the holiday giving season by inspiring people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support. Executive Director, Meredith Sleichter, explained why the Eisenhower Foundation joined #GivingTuesday saying, “As a non-profit that serves students throughout the state of Kansas, and beyond, the foundation joined this movement in order to bring as many students to Ike’s hometown as possible to experience the history that comes to life when you step on this amazing campus. We hope that, one day, every Kansas student can visit the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home during their K-12 school years.” The foundation has set an ambitious first-year goal of raising $5,000 to allow another 10 schools to receive transportation stipends.

Those who are interested in joining the Eisenhower Foundation’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit http://eisenhowerfoundation.net/625/GivingTuesday. If you are a teacher interested in IKEducation, please visit http://eisenhowerfoundation.net/31/Education. For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media.

Ike speaking to paratroopers before D-Day
Above: General Dwight D. Eisenhower speaks to Wally Strobel from the 101st Airborne on June 5, 1944. The General was talking to the Michigan native about fishing. As Ike’s son John remarked several years later, “He was always trying to talk to troops about things back home, things that were familiar to them. If he found out that someone was from Kansas, he’d talk about cattle and farming, so it’s natural that with Wally he discussed fishing.”

About the Eisenhower Foundation 

The mission of the non-profit, public Eisenhower Foundation is to honor and champion the relevance today of the life and leadership of Dwight D. Eisenhower through compelling programs and events that celebrate his legacy.

Donations to the Eisenhower Foundation provide funding to support the exhibits, educational programs, and community events at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home in Abilene, Kansas.

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