Katherine Cicigoi said the club received a letter from Miller explaining that the department was lacking funds for equipment to get the kiln in operation. "At one of our meetings, Ms. Miller brought some of her students' artwork. We couldn't believe how talented the students were. Their artwork was exceptional," Cicigoi said.
Because of Miller's dedication and ability to draw talent from her students, the Crescite Club agreed to donate funds to the art department. Billie Mooney, Betty Morris, Glenda Orahood, Anna Bohrisch, and Cicigoi presented the check after meeting with Miller and her students.
The Crescite Club is a philanthropic club and takes education very seriously. The club offers scholarships to students each year, donates to Project Prom and sponsors a student to attend the annual Sophomore Pilgrimage in Jefferson City. The club is also very involved in other community projects including food donations to Thayer Fun and Friends Senior Center, the Oregon County Food Pantry and Hungry Children Backpack Program. Statewide, the club also donates to the Missouri Girls Town, which is a home for young women.
The Crescite Club's current fundraiser is sponsorship of the King and Queen contest for the Thayer Fall Festival on Oct. 6. Cicigoi said people can vote for their favorities by putting donations in cans for the candidates, at the display at the Bank of Thayer. The club will also have a candy booth at the festival.