New Giving Tree Fund just in time for the holidays!

Memorial High School Graduation. Class of 2018
Photo by: Jeff Thompson


The holiday season is often a time of family meals, gift-giving, and warm hearts. For many students and families who struggle to make ends meet, however, the holidays can be particularly stressful.  

This holiday season marks the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of the Memorial High School Giving Tree Project. The program started with the intent to quickly help students in their time of need, as some needs are particularly time sensitive and cannot wait until resources are located. In its 10 years, the program has helped thousands of students with wide-ranging needs such as transportation, groceries, gas, medical appointments, funeral expenses, utilities, eyeglasses, and more. 

To support this incredible project, local teachers Greg and Claudia Niemuth have started the Niemuth Family Giving Tree Fund at the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation, an endowed fund that will forever support the Memorial High School Giving Tree Project. Memorial Counselor Jane Adler-Corning, who conceived of and administers the program, is grateful to hear of the new fund. “The generous contribution by the Niemuths, who are former and current Memorial educators, will ensure that the Giving Tree continues to provide for needy students,” Adler-Corning shared. “We are grateful for their continued support, as well as others who have given now and throughout the years.” 

According to the Niemuths, they moved to Eau Claire to get their children into better and more supportive schools.  

“The district, in the pre-Act 10 years was so good for our daughters. The bulk of our teaching years will have taken place in Eau Claire so we feel this is the place to do what we can to provide needy students with whatever assistance they need to be academically successful. It’s easy to forget about student needs a classroom teacher encounters every day. In the book “Tuesdays with Morrie,” retired-educator Morrie Schwartz asks his former student, author Mitch Albom, ‘Are you giving back to your community?’ While we have supported religious and veterans’ organizations over the years, this is a very specific way we can target those most needy students who need a friendly, helping, hand up – or just one less thing to worry about, in order to get through high school. We welcome contributions to help assure this well will never go dry.” 

Gifts to the fund can be made online directly using this link, or by check, cash, or gift of stock.  

Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation is a supporting organization of the Eau Claire Community Foundation, which serves as a bridge connecting donors with charities in order to improve quality of life in the Eau Claire area. As a non-profit 501(c)3, the ECPSF is dedicated to promoting value-added learning opportunities for students in the Eau Claire Area School District. To learn more about the Foundation, or to make a gift, please contact ECPSF Executive Director Sarah French at or (715) 852-3015.