Iowa Lakes Students Establish Positive Role in the Community

Canine donation

Iowa Lakes Student Senate Members Presenting Check to
Officer Reineke For a Custom Canine Ballistic Vest for Max III

(Estherville, Iowa) The Iowa Lakes Student Senate of Estherville is focusing efforts on establishing a prominent role in the community by doing fundraising efforts and community service projects. In February, the Estherville Police Department and the American Heart Association received some extra help thanks to students at Iowa Lakes Community College.

The student senate raised $700 for a custom K-9 ballistic vest for Max III, the German Shepard of the Estherville Police Department, and presented a check to Officer Reineke on February 11.

“The Student Senate put hard work and dedication into making this goal of ours a reality,” explained Connor Wilson, the Student Senate member who led the bulletproof vest fundraising project. “Canines add an element of confidence to officers at the scene of a crime. Trained canines help police apprehend more suspects, find more lost children, locate more bombs, and discover more drugs. Thank you to the community of Estherville and the faculty, staff, and students of Iowa Lakes Community College for supporting our cause and helping us meet this goal.”

For the Red-Out, the students not only raised $650 in just one night to support the American Heart Association, but they also raised awareness about heart disease and stroke. Heart disease claims more lives than the next four causes of death combined, including cancer. On average, an American dies of heart disease every 35 seconds.

Currently, student senate members are in the process of making dog and cat toys from old t-shirts donated by staff, students, faculty, and more. They will be selling these toys at the regional basketball games hosted at Iowa Lakes. All proceeds and left-over toys will go to local animal shelters.

Other upcoming community projects include inviting local TAG students to present their projects, Soles for Souls shoe drive, and visiting Windsor Manor.

“On behalf of Estherville’s student senate, I would like to thank all of the people who have interacted with and supported our community service activities,” says Faith Lutat, Student Senate President. “We are enjoying helping our community and know that we couldn’t do this without your strong support.”

For more information, contact Katie Larson, Student Senate Coordinator – Estherville Campus, at or 712-362-8367 or stop by the Student Senate office in the Max on the Estherville campus of Iowa Lakes Community College.


For More Information:

Katie Larson, Student Senate Coordinator-Estherville Campus at or 712-362-8367.