In addition to grants and scholarships, the ACE Fund work for an extended time to rejuvenate the Senior Picture Panels that once hung in the halls of the high school with money specifically donated for that purpose. It was a challenge from the Classes of 1954 and 1957 that created momentum in the fundraising. The restored picture panels contain individual class members’ portraits year by year, dating back to the first graduating class of 1895. Volunteers worked to disassemble the picture panels affectionately known as “Rogues Gallery” including D.J. Palmer, Ross Sherwood, John Cary, Gene Burr and Gordon Fry alongside Sally Burr, Cleota Sherwood and Susie Stark. Finally, with help from USD 470 and the Technology department, the pictures are available digitally in the lobby of ACHS on a touch screen. The gallery containing senior pictures dating back to 1905 can also be access online at www.usd470.com under the “Our District” tab.
Monday, August 30, 2019, when promoting the ACE Fund Fall fundraising campaign entitled “Take Five for ACE,” then ACE Committee President Christie Rogers was quoted in The Arkansas City Traveler saying, “In this time of budget reductions, the need is greater than ever. Not only have the cutbacks resulted in larger class sizes, but teachers in general are being asked to do more with few available dollars.” According to Rogers, that is where ACE Funds come into play. Rogers continued, “Through gifts to the fund, we are able to provide help in areas where other funds are simply not available, but of course, what we can do is directly related to the money we receive.”
The K.E. Bryant Family, Gene and Sally Burr, Robert and Marcia Childers, Janet English, Angela Harding, Norman and Joline Iverson, Nick and Christie Rogers, Jay and Nancy Warren, and Robert Warrender have established endowed scholarships. Scholarships established by groups include Class of 1955, Class of 1957, Class of 1959, Friends of A.F.S., and P.E.O. Sisterhood - Chapter ER.
It is because of the generosity of one particular donor ACE Fund presents an annual gift to the USD 470 Master Teacher. The Susie Stark Endowment Fund with Legacy was established to provide a cash award recognizing an exemplary master teacher each year in the Ark City Public School system. The first master teacher award with this gift was present in 2009 to David Steinmetz.