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With full hearts and eager learners, we can’t thank our Donors enough for your generosity!

Our goal is to recognize all donors, regardless of the amount they contributed to our class projects. 

If there are any donors not mentioned here, that is unintentional and we would greatly appreciate you letting us know.

Karl KellerKarl Keller is the owner of Make the Grade Insurance, Inc., a Horace Mann Agency, which serves the San Luis Valley and much of Southern Colorado. Horace Mann, a company founded by two educators 75 years ago, provides America’s educators and school employees with insurance and retirement solutions.

Karl has proudly served the local educational community for 18 years.  He’s familiar with the challenges educators face because he’s married to a teacher. He and his wife, Bonnie, made Southern Colorado their home 34 years ago when she became a teacher. She currently teaches at Centauri Middle School in La Jara.

As part of Horace Mann’s solutions approach, the company partnered with DonorsChoose, a crowdfunding site that connects teachers in high-need communities with donors who want to help. Karl has assisted many area educators by doing workshops on how to post a DonorsChoose project. Once the project is posted, Karl will often promote the project and even make a donation. To date, he’s contributed more than $5,000 to local educators’ DonorsChoose projects.

Karl thoroughly enjoys assisting educators with financial solutions. In addition to DonorsChoose, Karl’s office helps educators with Student Loan Solutions, retirement planning and more.

Karl has a Bachelor of Science from University of Northern Colorado and his LUTCF from American College.