The Palmyra High School gymnasium was packed Aug. 29 for a special meeting of the School Board and Village Board to enter an interlocal agreement in order to receive a $5.4 million dollar grant from the Leland J. and Dorothy H. Olson Charitable Foundation (Olson Foundation).
Community members came out in great support of the Olson Foundation and the generous gift that will allow the community to have a new baseball field, synthetic turf soccer and football field, walking path, improvements to the softball field, and other property improvements that will benefit the community and the schools.
Dr. Leland Olson was born in Palmyra in 1920.  When he was in high school and his father died suddenly, he quit school to run the family’s hardware store. However, the high school principal and mayor, knowing the importance of education, worked out a plan to allow him to finish high school and college.  He later finished his education and ran a successful OB-GYN practice at Methodist Hospital.  
The Olson Foundation mission is to develop relations with charitable organizations in Omaha, Seattle, Wash., and their surrounding communities that serve local needs in education, family, health, and environment.
David Olson and Nancy Olson were present at the meeting in Palmyra where they were met with a standing ovation of gratitude from the community.  David Olson said, “These improvements will help the town remain viable and move on as a community…  We’re very happy to support this and also the community.”
The project will begin this spring, weather permitting. The projected completion date is December 2020.