Donna was raised in Ottawa, KS and attended Kansas University. Kent is a local Morrill, KS native, a graduate of Sabetha High School and a graduate of Kansas University with both a business and law degrees. Donna and Kent married before he started law school. Donna taught 3 years in the Desoto, KS elementary schools while Kent attended law school. In 1972, they moved back to Morrill. Kent started working in banking, insurance and law. Donna was the first Sabetha pre-school teacher and has been volunteering at Sabetha Elementary for 27 years. Eventually, in 1993, they moved to their current home in Sabetha. Their 4 daughters are all graduates of Sabetha High School.
Kent and Donna are both are very proud of USD 113 and the benefits it provides to its students and to the community. Additionally, many members of the Morrill and Sabetha communities have been very supportive of the various Saylor family businesses throughout the years. Therefore, they decided it was time to return support back to the community. They determined the way to accomplish their goal was through the local schools. Initially, two funds were set up through KU Endowment. The first fund directly benefits Sabetha graduates attending KU and the second fund directly benefits all USD 113 students. When the USD 113 School Foundation became more proactive in 2016, the Saylors decided the time was right to increase the benefit to the community and its schools by establishing a set of Sabetha scholarship and school support funds through the USD113 Foundation.
A few things students should always be aware of:
Know where you came from. Whether it is what you learned from parents, local culture, attitudes and ethics or your use of a school or other physical community facility; you are directly benefiting from prior generations knowledge, hard work and foresight.
Hard work with integrity and recognition of a higher power will lead you to many unknown opportunities in the future.
Don’t forget to give back to your community. Your future is based not only on what you accomplish but on the accomplishments of others before you. Pass the torch on to others following you.