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Foundation Awards 2019 Inspiration Grants On April 30, 2019, the Education Foundation awarded 10 grants totaling $16,091 to teachers and staff at six MCPASD schools. To announce the grants, Foundation board members and members of Middleton High School’s marching band traveled via school bus to grant recipients’ respective schools. When the bus arrived at grant winners’ schools, they were honored with presentations in their classrooms and the band’s performance of “On Wisconsin.” WKOW-Channel 27 joined the bus tour; watch the story at http://bit.ly/MCPASDgrantWinners. This is the sixth year the Foundation has awarded inspiration grants to MCPASD teachers and staff. The…

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Kathy Nieber-Lathrop: Charitable giving after a 30-year career in the schools Some people reinvent themselves after retirement, but that didn’t appeal to Kathy Nieber-Lathrop. “After 30 years working with kids in grades kindergarten through 12, I knew after I retired from my school counselor position in MCPASD, I wanted – actually needed – to continue my involvement with the district and the Middleton community,” Nieber-Lathrop explains. Her commitment to children and the community remains stronger than ever. Nieber-Lathrop currently serves as treasurer for the Clark Street Community School’s Governance Board and on MCPASD’s Internal Boundary Committee. Earlier, she was involved…

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For Ellen Lindgren, a charitable giving legacy is a natural extension of a lifelong commitment to supporting education. “I see the Foundation as a wonderful way to provide experiences for our students and staff that are beyond what our district budget can afford,” she says. “I was an early advocate for the creation of the Foundation and haven’t looked back!” A longtime supporter of the MCPASD district, Lindgren has been involved with the Education Foundation since it was founded in 2011, when she was serving on the MCPASD school board. “When I was on the school board, I heard about…

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The Foundation is sharing stories from grant and scholarship recipients to show how funding makes an impact. Hear how MCPASD staff, teachers and students are using their grants and scholarships, and see how your dollars make a difference! A group of 21st Century eSchool students received a $1,400 grant for their eImpact project in 2017. Teacher Wendy Ripp says students chose to focus on addressing the cycle of poverty in the local community. “After researching the cycle of poverty, students determined that education and enrichment opportunities are an area that can have the largest impact on breaking that cycle,” she…

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The Foundation is sharing stories from grant and scholarship recipients to show how funding makes an impact. Hear how MCPASD staff, teachers and students are using their grants and scholarships, and see how your dollars make a difference! Sauk Trail Librarian Ann O’Rourke and Advanced Learning Specialist Amy Galassi received a $1,000 grant to expand the school’s Makerspace project in 2017. They started a Makerspace with a grant in 2016 and used this grant to purchase more materials. Sauk Trail Librarian Ann O’Rourke The Makerspace philosophy embraces process-oriented learning and open-ended activities. Sauk Trail students participated in daily Makerspace activities…

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The Foundation is sharing stories from grant and scholarship recipients to show how funding makes an impact. Hear how MCPASD staff, teachers and students are using their grants and scholarships, and see how your dollars make a difference! Sunset Ridge received a $1,000 grant for its Exercise to Achievement program in the spring of 2017. The program is part of Tri 4 Schools, a nonprofit that supports school health and fitness initiatives. Tri 4 Schools Founder and Executive Director Katie Hensel submitted the grant on behalf of Sunset Ridge. The grant helped pay for transportation and healthy snacks for 24…

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The referendum passing last November helped make 2018 a milestone year for MCPASD. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, 2018 was also a great year for the Education Foundation! Among our 2018 highlights, the Foundation awarded: More than $20,000 in grants at both the district level and to individual schools $2,750 in scholarships to five graduating seniors Also, the Foundation’s 2018 annual giving campaign brought in more than $22,000. These funds will help ensure that the Foundation can continue supporting MCPASD students, teachers and staff now and in the future. This year, the Foundation is focused on equitable practices…

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The Foundation is sharing stories from grant and scholarship recipients to show how funding makes an impact. Hear how MCPASD staff, teachers and students are using their grants and scholarships, and see how your dollars make a difference! Amy Galassi, an advanced learning specialist, and Kirsten Haag, a social worker, received a $610 grant for a program called Learning Through Leadership at Sauk Trail. They received the grant in 2017 and have used it to pay for and promote several projects. “This grant allowed a diverse group of students to learn about issues pertaining to social justice that impact their…

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The Foundation is sharing stories from grant and scholarship recipients to show how funding makes an impact. Hear how MCPASD staff, teachers and students are using their grants and scholarships, and see how your dollars make a difference! Luke Kramer, a fourth grade teacher at Park, received a $500 grant to develop a “yoga in the classroom” program. “With this grant I purchased a classroom set of yoga mats,” Kramer says. “This grant has allowed students to slow down the pace of their busy day to be mindful of their breath and their bodies. The grant gave me the funds…

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The Foundation is sharing stories from grant and scholarship recipients to show how funding makes an impact. Hear how MCPASD staff, teachers and students are using their grants and scholarships, and see how your dollars make a difference! Lori Hunt, a computer science teacher at Middleton High School, received a $240 grant to fund student participation in a programming competition. “We had 20 students travel to Marquette University in Milwaukee to participate in a programming competition,” Hunt says. The experience inspired students to start a competition of their own. “The students who participated decided to start a computer science club…

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