Starke County Community Foundation Announces New Endowment Fund


The Starke County Community Foundation has announced a new endowment fund to help preschool students obtain the education they need before entering kindergarten.

The new Starke County Preschool Education Fund was established by Peggy Shidaker, the director of curriculum and instruction at the Knox Community School Corporation. The fund was created to honor her parents, Arthur and Carolyn Shidaker, and to support early childhood education in Starke County.

Carolyn Shidaker taught in many schools in northern Indiana before retiring from South Bend Community Schools. Like her mother, Shidaker is dedicated to providing children with the skills needed to be successful in school.

The fund will help make preschool scholarships available to families whose children would benefit from a preschool curriculum.

Parents may apply for a scholarship by contacting Starke County Community Foundation Director of Development Sarah Origer at (574) 772-3665. If you would like to contribute to the Starke County Preschool Education Fund, call Origer or visit the Foundation’s website at