Community kindness

Fundraiser addresses outstanding student lunch accounts

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Brothers and MCSD alumni Tom Wise, left, and John Wise, center, have helped lead an effort to raise funds toward addressing student lunch debt. Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte presented the two with certificates of appreciation at Monday’s school board meeting.


Many generous Marshalltown community members and businesses have been working hard to raise funds to address outstanding student lunch account debt in recent weeks, and their work was recognized by the Marshalltown School Board Monday. 

Two key figures in the effort, brothers Tom and John Wise, said they were inspired by La Carreta Mexican Grill owner Alfonso Medina, Jr.’s donation to the same cause in October. When they heard about that donation, they began planning to put together more funds to go toward the lunch accounts. 

So far, more than $15,000 has been raised. 

“I hope we get $20,000 (or) $25,000,” John Wise said. “I think it’s a good cause.” 

Marshalltown Schools Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte said the effort is heartwarming and will benefit many students and families. 

“It’s an astonishing gift of generosity,” he said. “On behalf of our kids, our families and our district, we are just so greatly appreciative of this gift.”

Partners in the fundraising effort include Anderson Funeral Homes, Dave Wright Auto, Jensen Inc., John and Cynthia Wise, Marshalltown Company, Mary McGregor, Mitchell Family Funeral Home, Sho-Biz Inc. Minuteman, Shomo-Madsen Insurance, Steve and Mary Rund, Thomas and Shelley Wise and United Bank and Trust.