Peterson makes contribution
Local resident Eleanor Peterson recently made one of the largest contributions to date to the Alta Education Foundation, giving $15,000 to the school fund to help with the new addition to the elementary school.
The gift, which will come in three increments of $5,000, helps push the total for the school's fundraising effort to $98,000 as of this week. The AEF is nearing its stated goal of $125,000, and has announced it will try to raise $150,000 for the three community-use areas of the new elementary / middle school addition.
Peterson, 86, wrote the first $5,000 check last year, and will give $5,000 both this year and the next to the school. The longtime citizen said she was thrilled to see that construction on the new addition will begin this summer.
"I'm excited to see the new school built," Peterson said. "I enjoy seeing the kids now and helping the school."
"She has always been supportive of the schools," her son, Don Peterson, said. "Education has always been important to both her and Dad, and I think they've always felt was was a worthy thing to give to. That's why I think she decided to give to the new school. Education's always meant a lot to both of them."
A native of Odebolt, Peterson moved to Alta when she married her husband, Arling, and the couple had three children, Cathy, Janet and Don.
Peterson was a member of the Buena Vista Women's Auxiliary for a number of years, and volunteered in the BVRMC cafeteria. She was also a homemaker.
Don said the recent donation was just the latest in a long line of involvement with the school system by the family.
"Dad was on the school board for a number of years, and I was on the board for seven years in the early 1990s, so education's always been a big part of our family," Don said. "This donation is just one sign of that."
Eleanor said there was no specific place she had earmarked the money for, but said she was enthusiastic about both the new computer lab and the media center.