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Transportation Information

2020 – 2021 Transportation Registration

Please be aware that this may change due to La Crosse County’s Covid-19 Compass Snapshot, but at this time, the School District of La Crosse has made the 2020 – 2021 transportation request forms available below.  Due to La Crosse County guidelines, the District is uncertain of what transportation will look like as the school year approaches.  We ask that Hamilton and Northside families have all requests in by July 1st and all other families by July 15th to ensure ridership for the first day of school.  The District will continue to monitor and follow the La Crosse County Covid-19 Compass Snapshot as it relates to our students and staff.

If you have any questions please contact the transportation department by email at transportation@lacrossesd.org.  We appreciate your support and understanding during these uncertain times.

 

 

School District of La Crosse Transportation Provider

The La Crosse School District will once again be partnering with GO Riteway to provide student transportation.  We are commited to providing safe and reliable transportation for years to come.

 

Students attending a school through the school choice program, other than their boundary school, are eligible for busing to and from their home school but must register on-line.

 

Students that are receiving after school transportation to a Boys and Girls Club Center must fill out a transportation request below.

 

Please contact the pre-school office 608-789-7006 for any updates to pre-school transportation.

For questions about bus stops, routes, or times please contact GO Riteway at 608.881.6370

For all other transportation questions please contact Mike Freybler at 608.789.7663

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Come Join our team as we service the La Crosse School District.

 

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COVID-19

May 1, 2020 district communication

LA CROSSE, Wis., (May 1, 2020) – I want to thank you again for your continued support and understanding during these times. If ever the phrase ‘We’re all in this together,” were appropriate, it’s right now, during these challenging times. Despite the fact that our delivery of school has abruptly changed from a face-to-face environment to a remote learning environment, great things continue to happen across our district. As I reflect on this year, my last as your superintendent, I could not be more proud of the educators and staff who are putting their best efforts forward every day in support of the community’s families and our students.

Would you like to thank your child’s teacher(s)? Our La Crosse Public Education Foundation is holding its annual ’Thank-a-Teacher’ celebration during the week of May 4-May 8. Perhaps you’d be interested in honoring a teacher by posting a comment or two. Read more about how to do that on the La Crosse Public Education Foundation website.

Over the last few weeks, we have been working hard to identify students who do not have Internet access, and we have virtually closed those access gaps by providing mobile access points for students in need. In addition, over the last few days, we have provided iPads for our third-grade students so that they can participate digitally as well. This week, we ‘switched on’ video capacity so that our teachers and students and even parents can have virtual, face-to-face conversations. As of today, our nutrition services staff, in partnership with our transportation provider, GoRiteway, have distributed more than 70,000 meals to students.

Administration continues to discuss how best to bring closure to the end of the current school year. By now you know that our face-to-face high school graduations will not proceed as scheduled. Our summer school plans for June will include only remote learning for original credit and credit recovery courses at the high school level. This means that our very popular Science Adventure courses for our English Language Learners have been canceled as well. We have designated May 25-June 5 as the window for parents and students to collect personal belongings at the school and return devices. School principals will communicate to you a detailed schedule and process for each building.

While we are working to address closure to the current school year, we are also working to develop our back-to-school protocols once we are allowed to move back to a face-to-face setting. We are reviewing expectations from the Governor’s Badger Bounce Plan at the same time that we are reviewing recommendations from the Center for Disease Control. There are many facets to consider. At this time, we plan to organize our local return-to-school efforts around four areas: 1) preventing disease spread, 2) addressing staff and student illnesses when they occur, 3) continuing instruction, and 4) addressing social and emotional needs of children. When it is time to move back to a face-to-face setting, we will be ready to do so.

In reflection, my family moved to La Crosse in 2009, and in my eleven years as a resident here and my nine years as your superintendent, I have witnessed and experienced a community that is resilient. It’s a community that cares about its schools, and it’s a community that cares about its children. It is clear as we navigate through this challenging time, that a new normal will emerge for our schools. On behalf of our staff, I pledge to you that we will be ready!

With our students at the forefront,

Randy Nelson

Superintendent of Schools

COVID-19

April 24, 2020 district communication

LA CROSSE, Wis., (April 24, 2020) – I wish to take this opportunity to thank you, parents and guardians, for being such outstanding partners in supporting your children and our educators. Last week, I recognized our teachers and students for their efforts in changing the way they teach and learn. It is a huge adjustment for them. I am aware, however, that this is a huge adjustment for our parents and guardians as well. Supporting your child in a virtual, remote environment is a lot different than asking your child, “What did you learn in school today?” Remote learning is yet another method to facilitate learning, and it’s not the same as face-to-face in our school classroom. Thank you for your flexibility. Should you have questions about the online environment and you are looking for guidance, you should first connect with your child’s teacher and then your child’s principal. Our District’s Library Media Specialists may be able to provide support as well.

We have received many requests to provide opportunities for video conferencing between district staff and students. I am pleased to announce that individual and small group video conferencing will be allowed in our Google classroom environment beginning Monday, April 27. Our Director of Information Technology, Michael St. Pierre, will send to all parents over the weekend a list of student and staff provisions that will be considered as we ‘flip the switch’. Some parents may wish NOT to have a camera on in their home, and we respect that. Included in the document you will receive is a process by which parents can ‘opt out’ of video conferences with district staff.

With the announcement that our school buildings are closed through June 30th, it brings clarity on some district planning. Our summer school classes in June are canceled EXCEPT for continue remote learning in high school courses for original credit or credit recovery. Depending on the status of the state’s Badger Bounce Back plan, it may be necessary to make changes to our July summer school plans as well.  But for now, summer school in July and August remains scheduled as planned.

For those families that are depending on school lunches each day, please note that our nutrition services staff, in partnership with our transportation provider, GoRiteway,  is now including additional food for the weekend each Friday. The routes and times for lunches are printed here on our district website.

We have designated the dates of May 26 – June 5 as the time frame for schools to create a systematic process for returning district devices and for families to pick up personal belongings from school. Your building principal will communicate the plan once it is finalized.

Finally, closure can be difficult for anyone. We all respond differently in these situations. While some people respond in anger, others respond in sadness, and others respond in fear. As your superintendent, I can tell you that my contact with our district staff has evoked all of those emotions and more. Mostly, however, what I see is sadness. For the remaining five weeks of the school year, it is my hope that all of us, parents, staff, and students, can connect in positive ways knowing that things will return toward normal sooner or later. My hope is that our teachers and students can leverage the individual and small group video conferencing in a way that brings people back together while we are physically distanced.

With our students in mind,

Randy Nelson

Superintendent of Schools

COVID-19

March 27, 2020 district communication

LA CROSSE, Wis., (March 27, 2020) – Thank you, again, to all who are working through the daily challenges we are experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. During the time of the required school closure, it is the goal of the School District of La Crosse to provide continuity in learning for all of our students. For the past several days, our educators have been doing just that. They have been connecting with students. They have been providing support for prior learning. They have been providing learning opportunities connected with the district’s classroom curriculum.

As we peer into the prospect of providing continuity through remote learning, there are many considerations. For the most part, our schools are designed for face-to-face interactions between students and staff. We believe that remains the best model to support children. Teaching face-to-face and teaching remotely are VERY different tasks. First, it requires a different approach to our curriculum. We have been working to streamline our curriculum to focus on the most important standards so that students are ready when school reopens. Second, it requires some different approaches to instruction.

In the next few days, our staff will be moving into Phase 2 of our work: Continued Learning. Our teachers will be engaging our students in continued curriculum that will be important for children to be ready for the re-opening of school. This process can look different from elementary school to middle school to high school, and so the next communication you will receive about moving on to Continued Learning will come from your school principal.

We have noticed that many secondary students have not connected with their teacher(s).  It is really important to do so as soon as possible. As our staff work to re-engage through Continued Learning, it is important that all students are connected. For secondary students who are not making progress through the final weeks of the year, summer school may be necessary to catch up.

Other Items of Interest:

  • Nearly 10,000 lunches have been served through nutrition services staff, several volunteers, and our transportation partner, GoRiteway. If you are in need of a meal, you can find the times and locations for delivery here.
  • Internet access is a challenge for some of our students. If you need help with this or if you know of someone who needs help with this, please fill out the “How can we help support you during the closure?” questionnaire located at the top of the district webpage, click on this link, or call your school. We continue to work on solutions within the school district. For instance, our WiFi signals in each of our buildings have been amplified so that a person who might be in the parking lot close to the building could have access.
  • We have received many requests from teachers and parents and students to allow for live video conversations. We understand fully the importance of connecting with others. However, we are first and foremost concerned about the safety and privacy of our stakeholders. Based on cautionary guidance from legal experts, we are choosing to limit this option right now.
  • If you have a district-assigned device, and it is in need of repair, we can help you with that. Let your teacher or principal know, and they will connect with our instructional technology department to make sure it is addressed as quickly as we can.

Thank you — each of you for supporting your children through this crisis. This is a trying time for all of us, and I hope you will join me in thanking your child’s teachers for their tireless efforts to maintain connections and continue learning in what is a new method of delivery for most of them. Our teachers are using their homes as their virtual workspaces and many of them are busy providing their own child care at the same time. Amazing things happen in the face of adversity, and I am so proud of our educators for their commitment to children and families during this crisis.

With our students at the forefront,

Randy Nelson

Superintendent of Schools

COVID-19

March 20, 2020 district communication

LA CROSSE, Wis., (March 20, 2020) – Hello School District of La Crosse Parents and Guardians. I wish to thank each of you for your flexibility and support during this time that our nation is confronting the COVID-19 pandemic. According to state officials, Wisconsin schools are closed ‘indefinitely’ or ‘until the end of the health emergency.’ Our staff and administration are working diligently under circumstances that are quickly changing. What is shared today, may change by the time you are done reading this communication. The purpose of this message, however, is to maintain contact with you and provide an update on our school district’s efforts during this time.

The District is leveraging federal food service provisions which allow school districts to distribute free breakfasts and lunches to individuals 18 and younger. In partnership with our transportation provider, GoRiteway, we have established more than 30 sites in our community where meals will be provided Monday through Friday. Click this link to find the delivery times and the site nearest to your school.

While we are committed to maintain contact with our students and our families by continuing the learning efforts, we are wanting to do everything we can to support you. If you have questions or a need that we can work on for you, complete this form, and we will work diligently to resolve any challenges you may be facing.

During this extended school closure, we want to ensure families and students that our student services staff are available to provide support to students and families during this challenging time.  If you or your child is in need of support, please reach out by email to your child’s school counselor, social worker, or school psychologist. Staff are monitoring email regularly and will follow up as soon as possible. In the meantime, you may find your child has many questions about what is going on in the world. We have found these guidelines to be a good source of suggestions for talking with children about COVID-19.

By now, it is likely that you and/or your child has had at least one contact with a teacher or school staff member. Thank you for your patience as we strive to ensure that the number of contacts or the work that we are recommending for students is not overwhelming. As a follow up to the message I sent on March 14, I wanted to provide the following clarification. The School District of La Crosse remains committed to ensuring that we provide the best continuity in learning opportunities as we possibly can. To this point, our first approach to this mandated time away from school is to make sure that our students and staff and families and community are safe. At the same time, we are doing what is necessary to begin more formalized online instruction. We have not abandoned our curriculum. Our teachers are connecting students with activities and assignments that are consistent with their classroom curriculum. Teachers are allowed to provide feedback on student work. Students can work with their teachers on prior gaps in learning as well.

To fully prepare our system for a credit-earning learning environment, we are 1) working to ensure that all students have reasonable access to WiFi, 2) addressing the online learning environment for every child with an Individualized Education Plan, and 3) providing the resources and supports necessary for our instructors to deliver instruction and assessments in an online environment. This may take several days, but I want to assure you that we are making progress on all three of these fronts.

Like you, I wish we had more answers than questions at this time. All of our employees are working very hard to respond as quickly as possible to the ever-changing dynamics of this situation, and we are also doing our best to anticipate what changes may be coming. I think it is likely that school closure will extend at least toward the end of April. I think it is possible that school may be cancelled for the rest of the school year. If, and when, these decisions are made for us, we will in turn respond with what we feel is the best course of action for our staff, our students, our families, and our community.

Thank you again for your support and understanding.

Randy Nelson

Superintendent of Schools

LPEF grants 2019

LPEF awards educators over $36,000 in Gold Star Grants

Funding for snowshoes, equipment for a field research camp and money to provide a full day of outdoor experiences for special education students were among 24 grants totaling more than $36,000 announced by the La Crosse Public Education Foundation (LPEF).

Among the latest Gold Star Grants are projects for virtual reality equipment for use at all three middle schools, and money for a wide variety of science, music, arts and literature projects, and a trip for all third-grade students to attend a special compassion and kindness exhibit at the Children’s Museum of La Crosse.

The 24 grants were chosen from among 29 applications requesting more than $62,000. Grants are selected for funding based on creativity, ability to engage students and the total impact or reach of the project. This is the second round of LPEF grants for this school year, bringing the total to almost $80,000. The LPEF Board has been aggressively increasing funding for Gold Star Grants. Five years ago, the total awarded was $43,000.

“We’re excited to see the amazing things teachers are doing to bring new experiences to students in our public schools,” said Rochelle Nicks, LPEF Board President and development director for Catholic Charities of La Crosse.

Here is a brief summary of the 24 grants, totaling $36,384, announced today in surprise visits to recipients:

  • $5,000 to support purchase of a wireless microphone system to be used for theater productions at all district schools. The system addresses a major need to improve audience enjoyment of District theater performances. Funding supplements a major grant received from the La Crosse Community Foundation. Recipient: Timothy Sprain. This grant is underwritten in part by Independent Cycle & ATV.
  • $3,940 to purchase a Virtual Reality system for use by Lincoln, Longfellow and Logan middle schools as a STEM education tool that focuses on the eight key Science and Engineering practices. The VR system will improve student science practices and motivation. Recipient: Timothy Sprain. This grant is underwritten in part by Modern Crane Service.
  • $2,500 to buy books for teacher professional development at Northside/Coulee Montessori Elementary School on how to integrate English Language Arts and Social Studies subject matter into classrooms. Recipient: Shelly Long. This grant is underwritten by the Richard Swantz Endowment Fund of the La Crosse Community Foundation, a fund created by and in honor of the former school superintendent to support staff development.
  • $2,039 to purchase transportation for all 3rd-grade students in the District to experience “XOXO: An Exhibit about Love and Forgiveness.” This exhibit at the Children’s Museum of La Crosse provides activities and experiences about compassion, respect, kindness, inclusion, love and forgiveness. Recipient: Tracy Taylor-Johnson, Summit Environmental Elementary School. This grant is underwritten in part by Wells Fargo.
  • $2,000 to host the Limanya African Drum and Dance Troupe to perform for middle and elementary students, and provide professional development for general music teachers. Recipient: Mary Stutesman, Longfellow and Logan Middle School. This grant is awarded in part from memorial gifts in honor of Madelynn Melby, a longtime teacher of music in area schools and mentor to other educators. She died in March 2018.
  • $2,000 to help purchase risers for the general music, choir, and adaptive music students at Longfellow Middle School. LPEF funding will supplement school and parent funding, and match a grant from the Marck Family Fund at the La Crosse Community Foundation. Recipient: Marlina Zimmerman. This grant is underwritten in part by Gillette & Associates CPAs.
  • $1,967 to buy young adult level books about immigration and family for a summer professional development experience. About 110 participating teachers from several district schools will experience ways to integrate technology (such as video) into lessons, and leave with a toolbox of templates and strategies for classrooms. Recipient: Joshua Wolcott, School of Technology & Arts II.
  • $1,900 to purchase materials to create social-emotional learning kits to help increase student self-management and self-awareness. This completes a project partially funded by an LPEF grant last year. The addition of five kits will enable each elementary school to have a kit. Recipient: Resa Hawes.$1,594 to support a Spence Elementary School project to buy Flip Form risers to be used in the music room and at school events. The risers are versatile, maximize space and are easy to move. The LPEF grant will buy two sets of risers to supplement those purchased through school and parent funding. Recipient: Amy Johnson-Pierce.
  • $1,500 to partner with Ajamou Butler, Founder of Heal the Hood, to guide Hamilton Elementary School 3rd– through 5th-graders in writing their future story. Students will participate in writing workshops and create a picture book illustrating their own future story. Recipient: Carrie Wuensch-Harden
  • $1,500 to buy art materials for Logan Middle School students to use in identifying words, images, and ideas they associate with themselves. Students will create an identity torso to encourage critical thinking and explore messages they hear and read. Recipients: Dani Hartman, Heidi Jones and Scott Baker. This grant is underwritten by former LPEF Board President Rachel Gundersen and the LPEF Rachel Gundersen Endowment for the Arts & Humanities. 
  • $1,273 to purchase camping equipment, solar panels and a portable power supply needed for outdoor experiences for students from 7 Rivers Community High School, Central and Logan high schools. Students will connect with the outdoors and conduct science and field research. Recipients: Andy Hartman and Keachen Abing, 7 Rivers Community High School. This grant is underwritten by the Dr. Gunnar and Mary Baldwin Gundersen Fund at the La Crosse Community Foundation.
  • $1,200 to provide continuing support for a program to increase the number of teachers of color by focusing on teaching assistants and others already working for the School District of La Crosse and helping them earn full education degrees at UW-L. This is the fourth year of LPEF funding for the program. Recipient: Mai Chao Duddeck, UW-La Crosse.
  • $1,000 to partner with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra to share a symphony learning experience with 3rd- through 5th-grade students throughout the District. Students will learn about the symphony, the instruments, music, etiquette, and appropriate conduct. Recipient: Jan Lea Brock and the La Crosse Symphony Education Committee. This grant is underwritten in part by the LPEF McGavock Family Endowment for Music Education.
  • $1,000 to buy painting materials to create a sensory pathway on the playground at Summit Environmental School to inspire movement, develop coordination skills and promote self-regulation. The pathway will include the Zones of Regulation to promote social-emotional and regulation development in students. Recipients: Nicole Kuecker, Lisa Boyer, Lindsey Shay and Nick O’Keefe.
  • $1,000 to purchase diverse seating options for students in a Hamilton Elementary School classroom with limited space. Students will have varied seating options, which allow for movement, comfort and choices – creating a positive classroom environment. Recipient: Carter Semb.
  • $1,000 to provide a full-day of outdoor experiential learning at Camp Decorah for Logan High School special education students. Students will experience the outdoors while turning off technology and participate in activities that provide a feeling of accomplishment, relationship and team building skills, and multiple sensory engagement. Recipients: Gregory Milligan and Phillip Klar.LPEF grants 2019
  • $844 to purchase 20 pairs of snowshoes to enable an entire Logan High School class to participate in winter activities for exercise and exposure to natural surroundings. Recipient: Jodi Mahlum.
  • $700 to buy materials for a hands-on construction approach to teaching geometry at Lincoln Middle/Coulee Montessori/SOTA II. Students will use recycled materials to design, solve, and build 3-D life-sized structures and then share their stories about the experience. Recipients: Ruth Baardseth, Scott Bagniefski and Mary Sue Pintz.
  • $692 to purchase books for Summit Environmental Elementary School students that help them understand and develop empathy and emotional intelligence skills. These skills allow students to better understand the perspective of others. Recipients: Tracy Taylor-Johnson and Darcy Maxwell. This grant is underwritten in part by a gift from the Tom & Judy Sleik Family Fund of the La Crosse Community Foundation.
  • $512 to buy an assessment kit and materials for use with Logan Middle School students with scotopic sensitivity syndrome, which causes sensitivity to light and makes it difficult to see text clearly. Color overlays are placed over the text to assist with reading. Recipients: Diane Block and Nicole Kuecker.
  • $500 to purchase Stimulating Maturity Through Accelerated Readiness Training materials and set up a course in the hallway at Hamilton Elementary School. The course will activate students’ brains for learning; reducing time spent in the classroom trying to re-regulate. Recipient: Jennifer Speckeen.
  • $424 to purchase OSMO learning systems to increase learning experiences for special education students at Summit Environmental Elementary School. The OSMO systems connect to iPads to provide targeted learning in basic math, money concepts, spatial relationships, spelling and following directions. Recipients: Megan Meyer, Caitlin Hanney and Kasey Pomeroy.
  • $300 to buy vinyl adhesive signs with positive affirmations to display in bathrooms at Southern Bluffs Elementary School. The affirmations will help to improve student resilience, establish a growth-mindset, and encourage students to be their best. Recipient: Casey Scheuerell.

In addition to about $80,000 this school year in Gold Star Grants, LPEF provides other support for La Crosse schools, including about $30,000 for Random Acts of Kindness to meet needs of students in areas such as nutrition, hygiene, clothing, and transportation. In total, through the support of generous donors, LPEF will provide about $350,000 in aid to the District this year. LPEF’s mission is to enhance learning opportunities for students in the School District of La Crosse and to promote community support for public education. For more information, contact the LPEF office at 787-0226, or email David Stoeffler at: david@lacrosseeducationfoundation.org.

LPEF grants 2018

LPEF awards $40,000 of “Gold Star Grants” to La Crosse Schools

West African drums for elementary school music rooms, a yearlong archaeology project to study early Native American cultures of our area, and partnerships to help parents improve relationships with their children are among 24 grants totaling more than $40,000 announced Dec. 4 by the La Crosse Public Education Foundation (LPEF).

Among the latest Gold Star Grant projects are several that support purchasing books to help improve the literacy skills of students at elementary, middle and high school levels, including one project where teachers are hoping to encourage the talents of young writers, asking: “Is the next J.K. Rowling sitting in kindergarten or first grade today?”

The 24 grants were chosen from among 39 applications requesting nearly $87,000. Grants are selected for funding based on creativity, ability to engage students and the total impact or reach of the project. This is the first round of LPEF grants for this school year, and almost $40,000 in added grants are expected next spring. The LPEF Board has been aggressively increasing funding for Gold Star Grants. Five years ago, the total awarded was $43,000 and this school year the board has budgeted $80,000 for grants.

“It is inspiring to see the creativity teachers bring to these grant applications each year,” said Angela Strangman, LPEF Board President and vice president of marketing for Trust Point. “The efforts of these educators are making such a difference for students in our schools, and I just wish we could fund every project.”

Grant recipients, including those who received grants last spring, will be honored along with school and community leaders Jan. 18, 2019 at LPEF’s annual Grants Award Luncheon, presented by Festival Foods. This year’s special honors go to:

  • Corporate Partner in Education – Fowler & Hammer for its long-running support of LPEF and children’s causes in our community.
  • Leadership Award – Dirk Hunter, principal at Summit Environmental Elementary School, for his work to build an innovative and unique school program supported by a strong teaching staff.
  • Margaret Dihlmann-Malzer Distinguished Service Award – Carol Taebel, a retired teacher and community volunteer with a long history of support for LPEF.
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Here is a brief summary of the 24 grants, totaling $40,300, announced in surprise visits to recipients:

  • $5,000 to support training for two educators (along with a third supported by District funding) to enable Logan Middle School to launch a yearlong orientation program helping 6th-grade students with the transition to middle school and a new academic and social structure. The program trains 8th-grade students to be mentors to 6th-graders, leading to increased attendance, reduced disciplinary issues and improved school climate. While new to Logan and the middle-school level, a similar program called Link Crew has been successful at Central High. Recipient: Lisa Buley. This grant is underwritten by Fowler & Hammer.
  • $4,966 to buy 23 new West African-style drums, and repair drums first purchased with LPEF grant money in 2002. With the new drums, along with others purchased by the District in the past several years, there will be enough drums to allow each of the nine elementary schools to have their own set year-round, instead of sharing drums among schools. Recipients: Amanda Wolfgram, Amy Johnson-Pierce, Miranda Campbell, Erin Schockmel, Colin Stiemke, Jill Schams, Karla Wakeen, Jessica Ingvalson. This grant is underwritten by Festival Foods.
  • $3,500 to support an artist-in-residence and hands-on art project to educate students at Summit Environmental Elementary, along with members of the community, on the importance of pollinators in Wisconsin. The visiting artist specializes in encaustic painting (molten beeswax paint) and will help students create an art installation simulating a hive structure. Recipient: Carissa Brudos. This grant is underwritten in part by Modern Crane Service.
  • $3,350 to support a yearlong study by Summit Environmental Elementary students of the archaeology process and the earliest Native American cultures of our area. Students will study, conduct shovel testing to identify a potential excavation site on the Summit school grounds, work with UW-L experts on an excavation, process artifacts and report findings. Local experts from the Ho-Chunk Nation will demonstrate skills and historical cultural activities. Recipient: Debra Klaeser. This grant is underwritten in part by LHI.
  • $3,000 to support a visiting artist for a weeklong stay to State Road Elementary, teaching students how to draw and working with 5th-grade students to design and paint a school mural. The mural will be based on the school’s “Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe” theme and will integrate math, reading and writing skills. Recipients: Carrie Quick and Jean Ruprecht. This grant is underwritten in part by Trust Point.
  • $2,995 to establish an aquaponics farm to grow plants and fish in a Central High classroom to demonstrate principles of science, agriculture, math, and business. The program expects to produce 350-400 heads of lettuce and other vegetables, as well as 32 pounds of fish, all of which can be used in the school nutrition program or donated to families in need. Recipient: Joseph Anglehart. This grant is underwritten by Independent Cycle & ATV.
  • $2,400 to allow Southern Bluffs Elementary to buy several sets of MeMoves videos, a program that incorporates music, rhythm, patterns, repetition, emotion, and movement to help students quickly calm and focus attention. The videos have been used successfully to help students get their bodies ready for learning and success in the classroom. Recipients: Leah Aubert and Vivian Storm. This grant is underwritten in part by Dairyland Power Cooperative.
  • $2,033 to support an effort at Logan High School to invent an energy management system for prosthetic limbs. Logan High is one 15 schools competing in a national program hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is using an MIT grant to harvest kinetic energy from human motion to generate and store electricity for prosthetic limbs, rather than requiring them to be plugged in to recharge. LPEF funds will support sending three Logan students to the MIT competition next June, plus will pay the costs of filing a patent application for the invention. Recipient: Steve Johnston. This grant is underwritten in part by the LPEF Judy and Randy Eddy Sr. Fund and by Gillette & Associates CPAs.
  • $1,590 to support a partnership with La Crosse County to bring a nine-week parenting class to Spence Elementary. The class helps families who have experienced trauma become better equipped to help children heal and build on their strengths. Recipients: Bree Moore-Lawrence and Shelley Shirel. This grant is underwritten in part by Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare.
  • $1,475 to purchase sets of “mentor” books for Southern Bluffs and Spence elementary schools, specific to each grade level, that will help students see themselves as authors in their own right as they compose original stories. Recipients: Jenny Banse and Tami Hillestad. This grant is underwritten in part by Kaplan Professional Education.
  • $1,209 to buy sets of high-interest, leveled books to be used at Logan and Lincoln middle schools as part of an intervention program to help students who are reading at levels significantly below their peers. Recipients: Heidi Jones and Ruth Baardseth. This grant is underwritten in part by Gundersen Health System.
  • $1,045 to buy books that are high interest, but low level, for Southern Bluffs Elementary students who are reading below grade level. The materials help students with phonics, vocabulary, and comprehension without the stigma attached to reading “baby books.” Recipient: Kadie Koepke. This grant is underwritten by Coulee Bank.
  • $1,032 to buy 8 Balance Wonder strider bikes and helmets for use by preschool to 1st-grade students at Spence Elementary to help promote gross motor development. Recipient: Michelle L. Powell. This grant is underwritten by the Duane and Carol Taebel Fund at the La Crosse Community Foundation.
  • $1,000 to buy eight sets of books by contemporary, diverse authors to engage Logan High School students in small group workshops with high-interest texts of their own choosing. Recipient: Anika Paaren-Sdano. This grant is underwritten by the new LPEF Rachel Gundersen Endowment for Arts & Humanities.
  • $944 to support the installation of a pollinator garden at Hamilton/SOTA I Elementary as part of a larger effort by GROW to create an “edible schoolyard” landscaping the 7th Street side of the school. Recipient: Jamie O’Neill, GROW. This grant is underwritten by Mooresmiles.
  • $750 to expand on a previous LPEF grant, providing free books to about 35 Spence Elementary families who receive help through the school food pantry. Children will receive certificates in their food bags, inviting them to select an age-appropriate book of interest to them and their siblings. They will be able to take the book home and keep it to build a home library. Recipients: Dori Bertilson and Deb White. This grant is awarded in memory of Jerry Pilger, a former Spence and Longfellow teacher who passed away in September.
  • $680 to buy specialized display boards and bracelets for staff at Summit Environmental Elementary to use, allowing improved communication with non-verbal students when they are in regular classrooms and other spaces throughout the school. Recipient: Megan Meyer.
  • $610 to provide art supplies for one event, and a hands-on display of snakes and reptiles for another event, in support of a parent group at Northside/Coulee Montessori Elementary hosting Dad’s Nights events aimed at bringing together kids and their dads, or male guardians. Recipients: Parents Brian Merkey, Derek Mueller, Eric Crammond, Justin Reineking, John Duerst, Ryan Cornett. This grant is underwritten by State Bank Financial.
  • $550 to help two 3rd-grade teachers at Hamilton Elementary expand their classroom libraries to purchase quality, leveled, multicultural books where the school’s diverse students can identify with characters and situations. The books also will be available for use by readers in the Readers Creating Readers program funded by anonymous donors to LPEF. Recipients: Carter Semb and Maggie Miller. This grant is underwritten by Mathy Construction.
  • $510 to buy 14 self-contained audio books and companion print books with diverse subject matters for students at Hamilton/SOTA I. The audiobooks improve reading and comprehension skills and introduce students to books above their reading level. Recipient: Carrie Wuensch-Harden. This grant is underwritten by Altra Federal Credit Union.
  • $456 to pay travel costs for a visit to Lincoln Middle School by Judge Kristy Yang of Milwaukee. Judge Yang is the first female Hmong-American to be elected as a judge in the United States. She was born in Laos, lived in a refugee camp and eventually migrated to Wisconsin, where she was educated in public schools. Recipient: Rick Blasing. This grant is underwritten by Wells Fargo.
  • $450 to test the use of washable plastic cups and bowls at Hamilton/SOTA I Elementary, reducing the number of plastic foam bowls and cups being thrown away. Students will learn to reduce waste and reuse whenever possible. The District may save money, providing support to expand the program to other schools. Recipient: Carrie Wuensch-Harden.
  • $428 to buy a set of books to be used in therapy sessions by a behavior support teacher at Hingten Elementary. The teacher, who has a background in Child Life Specialties, hopes to reach students who are struggling with words to tell how they are feeling by helping them read a story where they can relate to the character or that might otherwise prompt them to open up about their emotions. Recipient: Krista Kaminski. This grant is awarded in honor of Norma Arneson, who retired from the School District last June after 34 years of teaching, most recently as a 2nd Grade teacher at Emerson. Grant support was provided by Fowler & Hammer.
  • $329 to buy a “throwable microphone” called a Qball, along with the necessary wireless speaker, for one State Road Elementary classroom, allowing students with soft voices to be more easily heard in the classroom. Recipient: Lucas Ackerson.

In addition to about $80,000 this school year in Gold Star Grants, LPEF provides other support for La Crosse schools, including more than $29,000 for Random Acts of Kindness to meet needs of students in areas such as nutrition, hygiene, clothing, and transportation. In total, through the support of generous donors, LPEF will provide about $300,000 in aid to the District this year. LPEF’s mission is to enhance learning opportunities for students in the School District of La Crosse and to promote community support for public education.

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LPEF grants 2018

LPEF awards nearly $29,000 in grants to La Crosse Schools

Support for virtual reality software and hardware, school gardens, weight room improvements, a community visit by an award-winning author, ice fishing equipment and a special jazz arrangement for a middle school ensemble are among 15 grants totaling almost $29,000 announced today by the La Crosse Public Education Foundation (LPEF).

Several of the latest Gold Star Grant projects focus on equity and social justice efforts, including the purchase of teaching resources and books for reading clubs, and support for an effort to increase the number of teachers of color in the School District of La Crosse. The 15 grants were chosen from among 28 applications requesting more than $100,000. Grants are selected for funding based on creativity, ability to engage students and the total impact or reach of the project. This is the second round of LPEF grants awarded this school year, bringing the total to $70,353 awarded to 47 grant recipients.

“Whether it is $400 or $4,000, we love seeing the joy these grants bring to classrooms,” said LPEF board president Angela Strangman. “Teachers deserve the extra recognition and support for bringing innovative projects to life.”

Longfellow Middle School band teacher Charles Schreader III

Here is a brief summary of the 15 grants announced today in surprise visits to recipients:

 $4,000 to support a community effort to bring award-winning author Gene Luen Yang for a two-day visit to La Crosse in Spring 2019, including speaking at all middle school and high school buildings. Mr. Yang is a recent National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature whose work includes graphic novels of high interest to teens. Recipients: Kristi Moulton, Linda Watson, Lila Planavsky, Cynthia Halter, and Denise Kuethe-Strudthoff.

 $4,000 to purchase teaching resources and books that will help educators inspire students, help them find their voices and stand up for what they believe in as they seek to address challenges facing our community, state, nation, and the world. Included in the project would be materials for social justice book clubs to be organized across the district. Recipients: Alyssa Gray, Melissa Murray, and Shaundel Spivey.

 $3,050 to purchase hardware and software for students at the La Crosse Design Institute, using virtual reality and 3-D modeling for classroom projects. Students will be able to design buildings, produce prototype models for homes, “teleport” to cities and explore them through virtual reality and provide “tours” for family members wanting to explore student projects. Recipient: Maggie McHugh.

 $2,500 to make an initial purchase of multicultural books for use by students at North Woods International Elementary School as it begins implementation of the International Baccalaureate program, which focuses on global education. Recipients: Jessica Hembd and Sara DePaolo.

 $2,400 to provide continuing support for an innovative program seeking to increase the number of teachers of color by focusing on teaching assistants and others already working for the District who are

earning full education degrees at UW-La Crosse. LPEF is providing a grant that matches the District’s commitment to partial funding for tuition for two current employees enrolled in the program. Recipient: Mai Chao Duddeck, UW-La Crosse.

 $2,345 to support a one-day retreat by Youth Frontiers for 4th and 5th graders at Hintgen Elementary School to focus on kindness and empowering them to be “everyday heroes” through their daily work as leaders of the school and safety patrol members. The project ties into ongoing school efforts to build a positive school culture and improve student behavior. Recipients: Amy Oliver and staff. This grant is underwritten in part by the Dr. Gunnar and Mary Baldwin Gundersen Fund at the La Crosse Community Foundation.

 $2,338 to purchase equipment and supplies for new school gardens and education spaces at Hintgen and Hamilton elementary schools. Recipient: Jamie O’Neill, GROW La Crosse.

LPEF Executive Director David Stoeffler

LPEF Executive Director David Stoeffler

 $1,900 to create toolbox kits, including books and curriculum materials aimed at improving student social and emotional learning. These kits will be checked out and shared across elementary schools, and other classrooms, for use by special education and general education students. Recipients: Resa Hawes and Angela Korson.

 $1,700 to support new upholstery for benches in the weight room and other upgraded equipment for use by students in physical education classes and student-athletes at Logan High School. Recipients: Jordan Gilge and Casey Knoble.

 $1,543 to purchase equipment for students at Summit Environmental Elementary School to participate through physical education classes for three days of ice fishing each winter on the Mississippi River backwaters near the school. Recipients: Nick O’Keefe, Lisa Boyer, and Tracy Taylor Johnson. This grant is underwritten in part by gifts made by Mary E. Larson, a member of the Board of Education.

 $1,000 to commission an arrangement of the Woody Herman Big Band version of “Fanfare for the Common Man” by American composer Aaron Copland, to be performed in Spring 2019 and subsequently by the jazz ensemble at Longfellow Middle School/LDI. Recipients: Charles Schreader III and Kristin Freedlund. This grant is underwritten by former LPEF President Rachel Gundersen, who has created a new LPEF fund, the Rachel Gundersen Endowment for the Arts & Humanities.

 $774 to purchase two sets of books on equity and social justice issues for rotating book studies by staff at Southern Bluffs Elementary School. Staff will be divided into two groups and engage in guided book studies during monthly staff meetings and early release days. Recipients: Lisa Schreiner and staff.

 $632 to purchase computer hardware to fully utilize the “Me Moves” series of DVDs purchased in 2015. The DVDs combine calming music, rhythms and use of movement to effectively calm students and prepare them for learning at the start of the day or following recess. Recipient: Barbara Oettel.

 $435 to invite Jamie Nabozny to speak at Logan High School in October 2018 and to screen the short documentary, “Bullied,” about Jamie’s experience struggling in school as he was bullied for being gay. Recipients: Katie Beyer and Byron Holz.

 $361 to purchase story cards and wordless books to improve writing skills and social-emotional growth among students with intellectual disabilities at Logan Middle School. Recipients: Diane Block and Alyssa Nelson.

In addition to about $70,000 this year in Gold Star Grants, LPEF provides other support for La Crosse schools, including nearly $25,000 for Random Acts of Kindness to meet needs of students in areas such as nutrition, hygiene, clothing, and transportation. LPEF’s mission is to enhance learning opportunities for students in the School District of La Crosse and to promote community support for public education.

To learn more about the La Crosse Public Education Foundation and its mission to enhance learning opportunities for students in the School District of La Crosse while promoting community understanding and support for public education, please visit their website at lacrosseeducationfoundation.org.

La Crosse Design Institute teacher Maggie McHugh and LPEF board member Cari Mathwig Ramseier

LPEF awards nearly $42,000 in grants to La Crosse Schools

Projects in nearly every curriculum area – including teaching about local history, helping students create mosaics for a school garden, and building a portable desalinization machine — are among 32 grants totaling $41,935 announced today by the La Crosse Public Education Foundation (LPEF).

Also among this year’s Gold Star Grants are projects to: provide simulation goggles to help students see how alcohol and marijuana can impair vision and judgment; support all-school assemblies at all three middle schools focused on creating a compassionate school culture; and training for two teachers who will in turn train District staff on self-care techniques to remain healthy while helping children who are dealing with trauma in their lives.

The 32 grants were chosen from among 45 applications totaling more than $76,000. Grants are selected for funding based on creativity, ability to engage students, and the total impact or reach of the project. This is the first round of grants awarded this school year, with a second set of applications due Feb. 26, 2018.

“These teachers deserve a ‘gold star’ for innovation and dedication to providing students with quality learning experiences,” said Shawn Dutchin, LPEF Board President and a practice operations director for Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare.

Grant recipients, along with recipients of grants awarded last spring, will be honored along with school and community leaders Jan. 22, 2018 at LPEF’s annual Grants Award Luncheon, presented by Festival Foods. This year’s special honors go to:

 Corporate Partner in Education – Coulee Bank for its long-running support for LPEF and children’s causes in our community.

 Leadership Award – Joe Ledvina, supervisor of buildings and grounds for the School District of La Crosse, for his work on behalf of the District and for LPEF.

 Margaret Dihlmann-Malzer Distinguished Service Award – Tom and Judy Sleik, longtime volunteers with LPEF.

Three of the 32 grants were underwritten through special support from Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare:

 $2,000 to support transportation and equipment rental for a new Hiking Club at Central High, introducing students to outdoors experiences and helping relieve stress, address mental health issues, and increase overall health. Recipient: Isaac Pischke.

 $1,200 to purchase six Fatal Vision Alcohol Impairment Goggles, and six Fatal Vision Marijuana Simulation Goggles, plus videos and associated lesson plans and materials for use at all three middle schools and both high schools. These goggles simulate how a person’s vision is impaired while drinking or using marijuana, and would be used as part of a two-day learning experience for middle school health classes, and for a deeper dive during high school health classes. Recipients: Melissa Norman, Matt Kitzerow, Jen Schieldt, Kelly Kline, Tia Teske, April Young, Tony Aguado, and Chester Janke.

 $600 to buy 200 books that will be distributed free to families using the Spence Elementary Food Pantry. Books will help families build home libraries with age-appropriate books, and will be supplemented with tips on how to read and effectively discuss books with children. Recipients: Deb White and Dori Bertilson.

LPEF grants 2017

Here is a brief summary of the other 29 grants announced today in surprise visits to recipients:

 $6,480 for two teachers to attend a four-day training program, allowing them in turn to provide training to District staff on topics related to Trauma Informed Schools, particularly self-care techniques for teachers and others to remain well and healthy as they help children who are dealing with adverse childhood experiences. Recipients: Summer Elston of Emerson Elementary and Jocelyn Buxton of Spence Elementary. This grant is underwritten in part by Fowler & Hammer.

 $3,510 to support all-school assemblies at Lincoln, Longfellow and Logan middle schools featuring nationally-known motivational educator Craig Hillier, focusing on creating a more compassionate school culture. This repeats a successful event first held in March 2014, but with a completely new set of students. Recipients: Rick Blasing and Paula Johnson. This grant is underwritten in part by Gundersen Health System.

 $3,000 to support a visit by JusTme (Timothy Scott Jr.), a hip-hop artist who combines music with mindfulness exercises to help students learn self-regulation and calming strategies. With added support by the schools, JusTme would spend two days each at Northside/Coulee Montessori and Hamilton/SOTA I elementary schools. Recipients: Beth Waldron and Amoreena Rathke. This grant is underwritten by Festival Foods.

 $2,000 to support visits to Longfellow and Logan middle schools by singer-songwriter Luke Callen, who joins 6th-graders in social studies classes and helps them express their ideas and feelings about the subjects they are studying by creating songs they then perform in concert. Recipients: Teri Kendhammer and Katherine Storlie. This grant is underwritten in part by Trust Point.

 $1,991 to purchase materials and install a permanent Story Walk at North Woods Elementary, integrating the enjoyment of reading a picture book with the benefit of being active in the outdoors. The project creates a series of stations with pages from books, and students walk/run/jump/climb in a progression to read the whole book. Recipients: Sara DePaolo and Jeanette Schams. This grant is underwritten in part by Coulee Bank.

 $1,900 to create 10 durable and customized books to assist non-verbal students in communicating thoughts, ideas and needs by pointing at symbols and words. Some Pragmatic Organizational Dynamic

Display books would be part of a library for use by multiple students at Summit Elementary and other schools, while other books would be personalized to one student. Recipients: Megan Meyer and Vicki Burritt. This grant is underwritten in part by Mathy Construction.

 $1,875 to purchase materials for Logan High students to design and build a Desalinization Machine to purify brackish (salt) water into contaminant-free water safe for drinking. The machine will be designed to be mobile and solar-powered, making it suitable for use in remote areas. Recipient: Steve Johnston. This grant is underwritten in part by the Judy and Randy Eddy Sr. Fund.

 $1,750 to support classroom visits by artist Sherry Beames to help Spence Elementary students create nature-themed mosaic art for display in the Spence GROW Garden. Students will research forms of animals and insects of the garden and create colorful mosaics to be displayed outdoors. Recipients: Ronnah Metz, Sherry Beames and the Spence Garden Committee. This grant is underwritten in part by Modern Crane Service.

 $1,604 to purchase more than 120 picture books with only illustrations and a limited number of words to express a storyline. The books will allow Lincoln Middle School students to express creativity, imagination, details and organization as they develop literacy skills through different writing experiences. Recipient: Ruth Baardseth. This grant is underwritten in part by Independent Cycle & ATV.

 $1,500 to provide music enrichment sessions for students in the Intellectual Disabilities program at Lincoln Middle School, helping students adapt and develop skills, while providing a more inclusive experience, including participating in year-end talent shows. Recipient: Leah Wyland. This grant is underwritten in part by the McGavock Family Endowment for Music Education.

 $1,200 to support development of lesson plans for local teachers to use to teach La Crosse history. Specifically the project ties into the oral history project Hear, Here, which features first-person narratives about historical experiences in the exact spot they occurred in downtown La Crosse. Curriculum will be created for 4th-grade students and high school students, supplementing lessons previously created for 8th-graders. Recipient: Ariel Beaujot, UW-La Crosse. This grant is underwritten in part by Dairyland Power Cooperative.

 $1,158 to purchase materials and sets of Story Stones, which have characters, objects and events painted on them and can be used to tell stories without a script. The stones will be used by English Language Learners and other students at Summit Elementary to increase language proficiency, including retelling stories they have read or heard. Recipient: Mary Zong.

 $950 to buy two Osmo Kits, plus related software, for use at Hamilton/SOTA I Elementary. The game system is used in concert with school iPads and will be integrated with curriculum for various subjects (art, spelling, reading, coding, music, etc.) to inspire creativity, creative thinking, communication and collaboration. Recipient: Carrie Wuensch-Harden. This grant is underwritten by Mooresmiles.

LPEF grants 2017 $838 to purchase more than 60 books for use by 5th-grade students at Spence Elementary, providing them with accurate, culturally responsive picture books and chapter books reflecting indigenous voices and history. This helps address Wisconsin standards for the studies of federally-recognized Native American nations and tribal communities. Recipients: Alyssa Gray, Katie Gudgeon and Peter Schmitz. This grant is underwritten by the Duane and Carol Taebel Fund at the La Crosse Community Foundation.

 $810 to buy a one-year site license for use of software that includes word prediction, specialized subject vocabulary with definitions, and support with spelling, helping Central and Logan high school students with writing assignments. Recipient: Anika Paaren-Sdano. This grant is underwritten by State Bank Financial.

 $800 to provide a one-day training program for up to 60 District elementary teachers on the use of the Circle of Security, a conceptual approach for teachers and caretakers to work with children to build and maintain relationships and overcome behaviors that get in the way of their learning and other students’ learning. Recipients: Jocelyn Buxton and Shelly Long. This grant is underwritten by the Richard Swantz Endowment Fund, created by and in honor of the former school superintendent to support staff development.

 $800 to buy collaborative learning games, art supplies, puzzles, problem-solving centers and STEM activities for use by 1st-grade students at North Woods Elementary, giving them stimulating and enjoyable opportunities to start off their morning, as opposed to photocopied morning seat work used while the teacher is greeting students, taking attendance, etc. Recipients: Sarah Kratt, Tara Schuttenhelm, Leah Justin and Nicole Brudos. This grant is underwritten by Wells Fargo.

 $720 to buy 30 sets of four Spanish readers, providing materials that are culturally relevant and level appropriate for Logan High language students, including those in the Global Scholars program. Recipients: Katie Beyer and Rhonda McGowan. This grant is underwritten by LHI.

 $697 to buy trees and related signage for a Tree Walk at Longfellow Middle, creating a park-like setting and outdoor learning space. QR codes will allow students to link via iPads to unique web pages that students can maintain with notes, photos and related school projects. Recipient: Elizabeth Ramsay. This grant is underwritten by Altra Federal Credit Union.

 $640 to buy multiple mats made of durable anti-slip materials and containing colored liquids that move under a clear surface in response to pressure. The sensory floor tiles will be used in every Emerson Elementary classroom, providing a “think spot” for students in need of behavior modification, helping them regulate emotions and stimulate sensory development. Recipients: Nancy Wettstein-Weaver and Alicia Place. This grant is awarded in honor of Susan Paudler, who retired from the School District last June after 34 years of teaching, most recently as a 2nd Grade teacher at Emerson. Grant support was provided by Fowler & Hammer.

 $560 to provide training for a North Woods Elementary teacher in a program that helps pre-K and kindergarten students develop skills to succeed in school. The Stimulating Maturity through Accelerated Readiness Training focuses on helping students who come to school unprepared, including many from homes of poverty or trauma. Recipient: Jeanette Schams.

 $548 to buy various materials, including a movable table with a plastic bin that can be filled with sand, water or other materials, allowing for sensory experiences for Summit Elementary students with autism, intellectual disabilities and visual impairments. Recipient: Kasey Pomeroy.

 $531 to purchase lighting kits, tripods and other equipment for two, portable mini-sets for students at Longfellow Middle and Logan High to use as workspaces to create quality stop-motion style animation and other original video content. Recipient: Lisa Lenarz.

 $500 to provide a clinic for Logan High, Logan Middle and other District coaches in an approach that emphasizes three dimensions in developing student-athletes: physical development; mental aspects (confidence, emotional control); and heart (character and values). Recipient: Jordan Gilge.

 $420 to buy sets of two novels, plus other materials, for use in 7th-grade social studies at Logan Middle School, helping students understand refugees and global refugee crises. Recipients: Kristi Moulton, Christina Fenton, Jesse Martinez and Heidi Jones. This grant is awarded in honor of Terri Johnson, who retired from the School District last June after 33 years of teaching, most recently as a social studies teacher at Lincoln Middle School. Grant support was provided by Fowler & Hammer.

 $400 to purchase a variety of hand-held manipulatives (tweezers, tongs, putty, pop beads, etc.) for use by Spence kindergarten students to help them develop fine motor skills. Recipient: Julie Wilson.

 $341 to purchase a Qball, a wireless microphone inside a soft ball, designed to help amplify the voice of quiet speakers, and also as an interactive tool for students to use in order to participate in classroom discussions while moving around. The Qball will be tested in a 4th-grade classroom at State Road Elementary. Recipient: Amanda Faust.

 $339 to provide lanyards, buttons and other materials for students at Hamilton/SOTA I Elementary to earn badges for completing lessons and learning technology skills. The goal is to encourage students to properly use devices, and also to help support peers and staff with technology issues. Recipient: Carrie Wuensch-Harden.

 $273 to purchase Mindflex games for use by North Woods Elementary students, teaching them how to focus and calm their own brains in order to guide a ball through a series of obstacles. The goal is to help students overcome emotional issues caused by trauma, anxiety or depression. Recipient: Amanda Wolfgram.

In addition to about $70,000 in annual Gold Star Grants to classrooms, LPEF provides other support for La Crosse public schools, including nearly $25,000 for Random Acts of Kindness to meet needs of students in areas such as nutrition, hygiene, clothing, and transportation. In total, through the support of generous donors, LPEF will provide more than $350,000 in aid to the District this year. The La Crosse Public Education Foundation’s mission is to enhance learning opportunities for students in the School District of La Crosse and to promote community understanding and support for public education.

To learn more about the La Crosse Public Education Foundation and its mission to enhance learning opportunities for students in the School District of La Crosse while promoting community understanding and support for public education, please visit their website at lacrosseeducationfoundation.org.