As our motto conveys . . . YOU matter. Whether you are a parent or grandparent, alumnus, current or former employee, or friend of our school - YOU matter! We could not provide our students with an exceptional education, numerous extracurricular activities, and a safe and beautiful learning environment without YOU. So we wish to thank you for your continuous and valued support.

We all want to ensure that the quality, faith-based education that Cotter has offered for more than 105 years continues. As an alum, I am truly grateful for all those who established these opportunities for me and my fellow alumni. Cotter Schools provided the foundation to achieve beyond what we thought possible. Cotter can continue to do so as long as we have YOU.

Personally, as a student-athlete at Cotter, I did not realize the time, effort, and resources it took to ensure that I received an unparalleled education while also participating in numerous extracurricular activities. I am beyond grateful for everyone who made it possible, and I want to personally thank YOU. Now, as a current parent and employee, I want to make certain that other young men and women have the same opportunities. We can’t do what we do without YOU!

You are the unsung heroes behind our students’ successes. Our AP scholars, our state champion athletes, our nationally recognized band, our renowned choir, our state champion clubs- all of these accomplishments are a reflection of YOU.

This year, as every year, we need your help. Please consider donating to our 2016 annual appeal to ensure that Cotter Schools is here for the children of Winona for decades to come. There are three ways to donate this year and you can choose the method easiest for YOU!

1. Donate online at

2. NEW! Text 2 Give. Simply text COTTER to 243725 and follow the instructions in the link that will be sent to your cellphone.

3. Send your donation via US Mail to 1115 W Broadway, Winona MN 55987

However you decide to give this year, we are truly grateful for YOU and we appreciate your support. If you have questions, please contact me at 507-453-5000, ext. 5117 or

With sincere thanks,

Niki (Lynch) Peterson ‘99

Director of Development, Cotter Schools

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