Dedicated community members truly leave a lasting impact on others. Such a beloved community member was Jim Jaeger, someone that our community, students, and 27J Schools will remember fondly for his service.
Jim Jaeger owned his own business, Jim’s Shoes, in Brighton for 40 years. He was a community minded person, which led him to be a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, the 27J school board, United Power, the Brighton Chamber of Commerce, the Brighton High School booster club, the Kiwanis group in Brighton, and a judge for DECA state competitions.
The Kiwanis service group of Brighton focuses on programs and projects that benefit the youth in the community. Knowing how supportive Jim Jaeger was of Career and Technical Education in our schools, the Kiwanis group decided to award a $1,000 grant to Prairie View High School’s welding program in memory of Jim Jaeger. This grant will allow for purchasing of new materials needed to support students in this program.
In addition to this grant, Jim Cade, the welding instructor at Prairie View High and two of his students present at a Kiwanis meeting received a donation from Concorde Career College. This donation was made in appreciation for Mr. Cade and his students’ help in making repairs to test mannequins dental students use at Concorde Career College.
Jim Jaeger’s long-time friend, Dave Jacovetta, feels that this grant awarded under his name is a great honor for his humble and caring friend. “This keeps his name here in Brighton under our schools, which he was a huge advocate and supporter of.”
Through groups like Kiwanis, Jim Jaeger can be honored and remembered through acts of service that reflect the services he provided to our community during his lifetime.