Proceeds from “Awesome Rides” calendar will benefit all extracurricular activities at Eastern Allamakee Schools ...

Part of the Alumni Night events celebrated Thursday, January 18 during the girls and boys basketball games at Kee High School in Lansing included the donation of $3,700 in proceeds from the sale of the “Awesome Rides” classic car calendar created and sold by 1973 Kee High School graduate Ray Burroughs of Waukon. Pictured above, Burroughs (left) presents a $3,700 donation check to Eastern Allamakee Community School District Superintendent Dr. Sarah Murray (right) during halftime of the Kee boys varsity basketball game that evening.

Pointing to the stage at the end of the gym in which the game was played and where the presentation was made in front of numerous fans and attending alumni, Burroughs recalled “walking across that stage” 50 years ago to receive his diploma - “... and it was signed,” he noted. He said in honor of graduating 50 years ago, he wanted to do something to give back to his alma mater. Burroughs emphasized that the proceeds from the calendar sales will be evenly split between all extracurricular activities in the Eastern Allamakee Community School District. He said the calendars have been bought by people in four different states, including in seven different counties in the state of Iowa.

In addition to benefiting the Eastern Allamakee Community School District, the “Awesome Rides” calendar also features photos of classic vehicles owned by residents within or individuals otherwise associated with the school district, offering even more of a local interest and impact. Burroughs said he plans to continue to create a new calendar each year, as long as there is interest. He said the 2025 calendar is already filled with photos. Anyone who wants to be part of future calendars is asked to mail Burroughs a letter expressing that interest and perhaps also sharing a photo of the vehicle they would like to include. That letter can be sent to: Ray Burroughs, 410 3rd Street NE, Waukon, IA 52172. Photo by Danielle Potter.