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Tessa Logan Legacy Fund

Tessa Logan Class PictureTessa Logan was the kind of teacher who gave every child in her class the attention they deserved. She was known for investing her undivided attention in her kindergarteners, one child at a time.

The Tessa Logan Legacy Fund named in her honor at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) will allow this legacy to live on, long after her time in the classroom ended. The Tessa Logan Legacy Fund will make grants to local schools in Athens County and beyond, allowing principals and teachers to meet the unmet basic needs of their students. Ms. Logan knew that students with unmet needs could not be full participants in their education. Grants from the Fund named for her will allow educators to meet these needs and encourage full student participation in their education, whether it’s by making a field trip possible or providing everyday needs, like warm winter jackets, that a student might otherwise go without.

The Tessa Logan Legacy Fund joins the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio after over a decade of existence as a scholarship granting organization for students at the former River Valley Community School. Looking to honor its original purpose while remembering the legacy of Tessa Logan, representatives of the Fund found a new home at FAO. The Fund’s move to FAO lets it remember Ms. Logan’s commitment to meeting students’ needs, while entrusting the day-to-day stewardship of the Fund to the Foundation’s dedicated staff.

Gifts to the Fund are tax deductible and can be made in many ways, including cash, bequests, and life insurance. To mail your donation, please designate the Tessa Logan Legacy Fund and mail to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, PO Box 456, Nelsonville, OH 45764. Gifts can also be made online at by selecting the Tessa Logan Legacy Fund when donating.