CFS celebrates catholic schools week through a partnership with Winneshiek Medical Center

Released: 02/19/19

Students from CFS Catholic Schools demonstrated service to their community through an annual project with the Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation.

Students from Calmar, Festina, Spillville (CFS) Catholic Schools demonstrated service to their community through an annual project with the Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation.

This year the theme was focused on kids helping kids. CFS Catholic Schools decorated gift bags and created refrigerator magnets to be paired with a set of oven hot pads, each individually hand crafted with 100% of the proceeds donated to the Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation Camperships for kids with Type 1 Diabetes. The money raised will support two camperships in the year 2020.

The hand crafted hot pads are for sale for $10 per set, and available at:


  • Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation office, Decorah,
  • The Country Garden Flowers, Decorah and
  • Exclusively Yours Salon & Massage, Decorah.For ten years, the Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation has offered camperships for area youth between ages 8 – 17 to attend Camp Hertko Hollow— An Iowa based camp for kids living with diabetes.

Emily Elsbernd, Joyce Nesvik, Amanda Kleespies, Emily Halder, and Alexis Reicks make up the CFS committee that organizes the yearly project. As a group, they commented:

Our goal at CFS Catholic School is to help students acknowledge that the words within the Bible should be valued, as many of the gospel teachings are relevant today. For instance, Acts 20:35 tells us, “I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Winneshiek Medical Center continues to be a recipient of our students’ efforts, as the labors our students are able to provide help local community members and families. Therefore, by partnering with Winneshiek Medical Center, we are hoping that it will plant the seed for the students to continue to do community service throughout their entire lives. Furthermore, being a faith community, we hope to instill in the students that community service is an important part of our faith.

Holly Kanengieter, foundation coordinator at Winneshiek Medical Center says, “We have developed a special relationship with the students and staff of CFS Catholic Schools. As they teach and demonstrate service, we are able to connect with others in our extended community. Our mission is to transform and saves lives by connecting donors to Winneshiek Medical Center so quality services are available when patients need them most.  CFS Catholic Schools is making a difference to the people of our community and region.”

For more information on how you can partner with the WMC Foundation and impact patient care at Winneshiek Medical Center, visit or call the Foundation Office at 563-387-3129.

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