November 24, 2020

Three at Okoboji Elementary Earn “Tanks of Thanks”

Kris Johnson, Cecilia Barber, Sandy Alexander, Adam Gisch

Kris Johnson, Cecilia Barber, Sandy Alexander, Adam Gisch

Three individuals who are making a difference in the Okoboji Elementary School were recently presented with $50 Cenex “Tanks of Thanks” gift cards.

The Tanks of Thanks program rewards Cenex clients in local communities that go the extra mile with free fuel. Each were nominated by MaxYield Cooperative, which owns and operates the Cenex convenience store in Fostoria.

Each month, 100 people win a $50 Tanks of Thanks gift card from Cenex. Adam Gisch from MaxYield Cooperative recently presented the awards.

Kris Johnson teaches first grade and is organizer of the “Puppy Tales” reading program. This program has grown each year since its inception in 2012 and currently has dogs offering reading support in all Okoboji School buildings.

Cecilia Barber serves the school and students as “volunteer grandma,” working with kindergarten students in groups and individually. She also prepares materials for various activities.

In addition to managing the office, Sandy Alexander goes above and beyond each day with many tasks that keeps the school organized, and helps prepare materials for teachers.

MaxYield Cooperative is a local, member-owned cooperative that operates Cenex convenience stores in West Bend, Whittemore, and Fostoria and also provides Cenex fuels to area farmers and clients.

More information about the MaxYield and the Tanks of Thanks program is available at and

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