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Concordia gets $1 million gift from longtime supporters

A $1 million gift from longtime supporters of Concordia Lutheran High School will help support the school’s Educational Foundation, officials said.

Don and Doris Batchelder donated the gift, which will be used to support overall operations, individual programs and student financial needs, according to a statement from Concordia Lutheran High School.

“We are overwhelmed by the faithful and enduring support that this type of gift reflects,” said Mark Adair, president of the foundation’s board of directors. “The Batchelders are exceptional people who demonstrate commitment at the highest level and we are very grateful to them.”

This is the second $1 million gift in Concordia’s history, said John Schoedel, Concordia’s chief advancement officer.

The other gift came in 2008 from T. Paul Bulmahn, a 1961 graduate, Schoedel said.

The Batchelders have been closely associated with the school for many years, officials said.

Don Batchelder, a 1949 graduate of Concordia, has served as president of the Concordia PTA and as a member of the high school’s board of directors.

“Doris and I are proud to be part of Concordia,” Don Batchelder said. “The high school has been a blessing to our family, and we hope that these funds will serve to continue the tradition of academic excellence for which Concordia is known.”

Their children, Debbie and Dean, also graduated from Concordia.

The gift is in the form of a life insurance policy with Thrivent Financial Services that was taken out by the Bachelders in 2013, the statement said.