The Hatchet Fund

Bad Axe Public Schools and the Huron County Community Foundation proudly partnered in 2015 to form the Hatchet Fund. The Hatchet Fund is designed to benefit the excellent programs offered through the school.  School funds are a great way for alumni, employees, and communities to support local schools permanently by giving to an endowment. As long as the school exists, gifts to the fund will continue to provide additional funding to the district for field trips, athletics and other extracurricular activities, fine arts programs, technology updates, and much more.  The idea to start the Hatchet Fund came from the great people of the Bad Axe community who donate their time, talents, and money to our school programs.  In working with HCCF the process to donate is very simple and donors will know that their gift is going directly to help with the high quality education provided to our students.

The Hatchet Fund benefits the school after the endowed balance reaches $5,000.  Once the fund starts to grant to the District, how the grant dollars are distributed will be done through an internal application process and selected by the Hatchet Fund committee.  Teachers and student groups will apply for funding for special projects, equipment, or other educational aides that helps assist with student growth in and out of the classroom.  

If you would like to make a gift to the Hatchet Fund, checks can be made out to HCCF, writing Hatchet Fund in the Memo line, and send them to the Huron County Community Foundation at PO 56, Bad Axe. Gifts via credit card can be made online at huroncountycommunityfoundation.org.  HCCF is a 501(c)3 organization that can accept estate gifts, stocks, investments, gifts of land, and gift of crops. Please contact the Foundation for more details on supporting the Hatchet Fund at 989-269-2850. 

In January of 2018, the fund had grown enough thanks to our generous donors and will begin being awarded to applicants.

 

HATCHET FUND GRANT APPLICATION.docx

 

 

Friends of Youth Designee

The Friends of Youth is a long standing tradition established in conjunction with the annual Thumb Meet of Champions in the sport of track and field.  Each year, districts from around the Thumb of Michigan select and honor an individual(s) who made a special contribution to youth and youth programs and is not restricted to athletic programs.  Those selected are then recognized as part of the Thumb Meet of Champions held in Caro, MI.  The following is the list of "Bad Axe Friends of Youth" who have earned this distinction representing Bad Axe Schools.

1987 Ervin Ignash 1988 John Blackstock
1989 Bill Walker 1990 Lee Kahler
1992 Virginia Jias 1993 Mike Cottick
1994 Rich Cook 1995 Larry Gavitt
1996 Larry Swackhamer 1997 Sue VanErp
1998 Mary Rapson 1999 Scott MacGregor
2000 Mike & Marge Romzek 2001 Lowell, Beth, and Dave McDonald
2002 John & Gayle Ferris 2003 Wayne Brady
2004 John Rowland 2005 Jeff Maurer
2006 Wayne Turmell 2007 Jean Kociba
2008 Dave & Jeanne Howard 2009 Tom Laity
2010 Neil & Connie Fitzgerald 2011 Don Clark
2014 Lynnette Coon 2015 Debra Kervin
2016 Rick & Lori Kociba 2017 Theresa Byrne
2018 Julie Morneau    
  

What is Distinguished Alumni Award?


Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni who personify one or more of the following:



  • Service to their community
  • Serving as positive, inspiring role model to young adults and others in their community
  • Distinction in professional and personal life.



Each year's class of Distinguished Alumni are inducted as part of the High School Graduation ceremony.   The Class of 2017 inductees will take place on June 4, 2017.

Class Reunions

If you have information regarding class reunions,  please email Mr. Brian Delpiere at [email protected] and we will be happy to post on our webpage.

How do I nominate a Hatchet Alumnus?

1.  Click on the form located on the upper right hand side of this webpage.

2.  Complete the nomination form by including:
  • Contact Information of the Nominee
  • Contact Information of the person nominating
  • Description of the alumnus' contributions to their community, profession, or to the state/nation.

3.  Nominations for the Alumni Class of 2017 must be received by February 15, 2017.  Nominations will be accepted at any time and all nominations will be kept on file for future considerations.


4.  Nominations forms should be submitted to:
          
           Bad Axe Public Schools
           Board of Education Office
           c/o Distinguished Alumni Committee
           200 N. Barrie Road
           Bad Axe, MI 48413


ONCE A HATCHET, ALWAYS A HATCHET!

Alumni Recipients

Bad Axe Public Schools is honored to recognize the following individuals who have received the Bad Axe Distinguished Alumni Award.

 

Click Here for Complete Bio of Distinguished Alumni

 

 

2018 Dr. Clark Herrington  Class of 1944    Mr. Leland "Jack" Rochefort Class of 1951      
2017 Mr. Richard Lee  Class of 1957   Mr. William "Bill" Tageson  Class of 1960      
2016 Mrs. Cheryl (Rivard) Rice  Class of 1974     Mr. Donald Clark Class of 1963      
2015 Mr. George Haley Class of 1966   Dr. E. Lea Schelke Class of 1958   Mr. James Volk  Class of 1957
2014 Mr. Stephen Moore Class of 1979   Capt. Thomas Otterbein  Class of 1966   Mr. John Rowland Class of 1956