Trinity Lutheran School in Athens, Wis. was victorious in the 2014 Young Investors (Y.I.) Challenge. “Y.I. Stamp Coordinator Dee Strack did a great job coordinating the three week Challenge at Trinity. She focused on making the competition a fun and very successful event for all ages,” said Dennis Johnson, North Wisconsin District LCEF Vice President. In honor of the 2014 National Lutheran Schools Week earlier this year, Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) sponsored the Y.I. Challenge; an online quiz competition for Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod churches and schools in several upper Midwest districts with $1,000 as a grand prize for each.
Strack volunteers at Trinity’s Y.I. Stamp table before school each week. At the stamp table, she encouraged students to go online and complete the ten question quiz covering elements of stewardship and saving. “Dee took the competition one step further by encouraging many seasoned members of the congregation to go online and take the quiz too. Grandparents and others came into the school media center where students helped them navigate the online quiz,” said Johnson. “In the end, the cooperation of those at school and church was successful. Through God’s blessings and the efforts of all, Trinity received a $1,250 check (it included a little sweetener) before their chapel service on March 12, 2014.” Recognizing a student’s sweet tooth, Strack also presented the students with candy bars to further celebrate their victory.
“I told the group what a joy it was to see such excitement from 61 students, staff and congregation members and to know the funds would be used to purchase screens and video equipment for worship and education purposes at Trinity,” said Johnson.
To learn how your LCMS church or school can start your own Y.I. Stamp Club, contact Maria.Hendrickson@lcef.org.