Five years ago, at their 25th reunion, Jeanie Stone (Maria Best), who is a member of the Eagle Point High School Class of 1978, talked to fellow grad, Mark Pingle, about getting the class to come together to do some social good.
The idea didn’t go anywhere. This was, in part, because no one had defined the meaning of a social good.
A few years later, Pingle heard about the good work of the D-9
Foundation and felt the "social good" could be to establish an
endowment in the name of the EPHS Class of 1978. He began to work with
Mike Bowles. The more he worked with Bowles, the more he was convinced
an endowment was definitely something the Class of 1978 should
consider. Pingle began talking with classmates and soon funds were
Pingle did not have Bowles as a
teacher, but as he mentioned the name Mike Bowles to classmates and
learned more of the history of the D-9 Foundation, he and those who
were contributing to the endowment realized they could do something
even more meaningful than an endowment from the Class of 1978.
so, last Saturday evening they called Mike Bowles and his wife, Kathy,
to the microphone as they read the following announcement from a
The Eagle Point High School Class of 1978
Is proud to establish the
Mike Bowles-Class of 1978 Endowment Fund,
Which will provide scholarships and other assistance
to Eagle Point students in perpetuity,
In honor of Mike Bowles, for spending his life as a teacher, pouring his heart and mind into
students at Eagle Point High School, and for devoting himself in retirement to further expanding
opportunities for Eagle Point students through the D-9 Foundation.
endowment will be for $20,000. As of late last week the Class of 1978
had raised $8,925. The Foundation will match it with $5,000, bringing
the total to $13,925 toward the $20,000 goal. The class has until Jan.
31, 2009 to raise the remainder, which Pringle is certain will not be a
At the reunion Saturday evening, Debbie
Brudevold, president of the D-9 Foundation, accepted the check for the
Mike Bowles-Class of 1978 Endowment Fund.
began his teaching career in Eagle Point in 1971 after spending five
years in education in California. He retired as a teacher in District 9
in 1999, but certainly no one could say he retired. He helped form the
D-9 Foundation in 1994 and from 2002 to 2007 he served as its CEO , on
strictly a volunteer basis. During that time, the D-9 Foundation grew
from a foundation with a net worth of a few thousand dollars to one
with a few hundred thousand. And, even in retirement, he continues to
be a guiding hand behind the scene.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent