Joyce Staggs of Bunker Hill is the winner of The Partnership for Educational Excellence fifth annual Grand Raffle. Joyce’s prize is $5,000.
Joyce taught English for 34 years at Gillespie High School before retirement. She has always been a strong enthusiast of The Partnership. In recent years she has demonstrated her support by putting together a table for the annual “For The Love of Education” trivia night every February. And every year she has bought a Grand Raffle ticket on the first night they are made available. This year her ticket #43 proved to be the winner.
“We are so pleased that a dedicated educator and long-time supporter of our mission was this year’s winner,” says John Fassero, Jr., president and a founding member of the 28-year old foundation.
Joyce reports that she will put her winnings toward a new car and treat her fellow trivia fans to a table at the next Partnership event.
Fassero points out that the Grand Raffle drawing, which usually occurs during the Ben-Gil Elementary School spaghetti lunch on Palm Sunday, was postponed because of Covid-19 restrictions. Once Illinois entered Stage 4 of reopening, Gillespie Police Chief Jared DePoppe once again assisted by drawing the winning ticket.
The Partnership is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit education foundation that provides classroom grants for curricular materials and tuition scholarships for graduating seniors in Community Unit School District 7 in Macoupin County. For more information and to donate: www.thepartnership7.org