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WDC High School athletic program recipient of $10,000 grant from Toyota

Wadena-Deer Creek High School senior Dylan Anderson wrote a heartfelt essay about the challenges WDC High School has faced since the destructive June 17, 2010 tornado and what it's meant to him to lose his beloved school. The essay qualified the school for a grant from Toyota's Drive for Education.

Last weekend, Anderson discovered his words were worth its weight in gold.

Anderson and WDC Activities Director Norm Gallant were on hand for the Toyota's Drive for Education presentation when Wadena-Deer Creek High School was one of two schools in the state to receive a $10,000 grant at the State Boys' Hockey Tournament in St. Paul.

"This is such a wonderful honor for WDC. I'd like to thank Dylan for writing such a heartfelt essay for the grant," Gallant said. "He talked about the losses our athletic programs suffered during the tornado. Dylan, being a senior, isn't going to benefit from this grant, but his essay shows how much WDC has meant to him and his genuine care for our future students and the school itself. I think it says a lot for the quality of not only Dylan, but the quality of his experience at WDC as well as his teachers and coaches."

Toyota is a supporter of high schools nationwide through grants and scholarships. WDC was one of 12 schools eligible to receive a $2,500 grant or one of two schools to receive a $10,000 grant to enhance academic or extracurricular programs. Kittson-Central was the other $10,000 recipient.

Over the past 22 years, Toyota and the Minnesota Toyota dealers have donated more $625,000 to further education in the state of Minnesota.

According to Gallant, this $10,000 grant will go toward future athletic-program needs as WDC moves forward with the new school.

"Each day, we are finding new needs and there will be more things that need to be purchased as we go forward in the new building," added Gallant.

Dylan is the son of Karen Anderson and Jim Anderson.