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2017 Grant Recipients

Posted on March 17, 2017 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

We are pleased to announce that $13,000 has been awarded to the following recipients:

Project Title: STEM Lego Exploring, Learning & Creating

Project Coordinator: Carrie Johnson

Summary: LEGO kits will be utilized by 4th grade students to enhance the exploration of STEM education lessons through hands-on learning as well as challenge students to be problem solvers.
Awarded: $551

Project Title: Math in Motion
Project Coordinator: Luke Braaten
Summary: Students will use motion detectors along with a Matchgraph app to create graphs from their own movement, allowing them to explore the relationship between slopes of lines and speed.
Awarded: $1,885

Project Title: Hear Now and Always
Project Coordinator: Mary Carlson
Summary: Grant funds will allow for purchase of resources for learning to listen bags that can be used with and checked out to families as they go through language and audition curriculum.
Awarded: $500

Project Title: Instructional Guitars
Project Coordinator: David Ceasar
Summary: Project Guitar Club will put guitars in the hands of students that don’t have the means to purchase a guitar and learn to play. The goal is to reach kids that have an interest in music but failed to connect with the traditional band programs.
Awarded: $2,000

Project Title: Integrating Drone Technology into the Ag. Classroom
Project Coordinator: Rob Cole
Summary: Students will be involved in real life data collection. Students will use the pictures taken via drone and use it to create their own point and click maps (using ArcGIS).
Awarded: $2,000

Project Title: Flexible Seating in the Classroom
Project Coordinator: Heather Eastling
Summary: A variety of seating options will be purchased to assist in classroom set-up and management and allow students movement options which will enhance their learning environment.
Awarded: $500

Project Title: Math and STEM for Kindergarten
Project Coordinator: Erin Eichner
Summary: Materials will be purchased to create math and STEM stations for all kindergartener classrooms. Materials will be used to blend portions of math, science and technology blocks to make learning more interdisciplinary.
Awarded: $1,864

Project Title: Flexible Seating for the Elementary Classroom
Project Coordinator: Stephanie Hansen
Summary: Funds will be used to purchase alternative/flexible seating options. Movement for all students is beneficial to their ability to attend to the teacher and the lessons they are working on.
Awarded: $500

Project Title: LHS 3D Printers
Project Coordinator: John Spanos, Darin Swenson, Jason Michels
Summary: Three stations will be developed for the printers, one mobile station and two stationary locations. The mobile unit allows for flexibility to reach all classrooms at the high school. As tech integration in LHS classes increases, printers will allow all LHS students opportunities to conceptualize, virtually create and print artifacts. Printers will also be utilized within Industrial/Career Tech Ed classes to design and prototype components.
Awarded: $2,000

Project Title: PadCaster, Makerspace
Project Coordinator: Tracy Johnson
Summary: Funds will be used to purchase a PadCaster for students to use in creating and producing filmed presentations. The padcaster is an easy to use, portable and self contained filming studio that uses an ipad as the camera and includes 3 kinds of microphones, wide angled lens, heavy duty tripod, LED light, portable green screen, mini teleprompter and a padded camera backpack.
Awarded: $1,200

Toast to Autumn 2016 - Thank you!!!

Posted on November 21, 2016 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

November 17 - Give to the Max Day!

Posted on November 16, 2016 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (1)

Give to the Max Day!

If you weren't able to attend the Toast to Autumn event, this is a great way to contribute (tax free!) to the Foundation.

Give to the Max Day offers several promotions, which may add to your contribution. Please consider giving to one of our two funds, which you will find on our Giving page.


Toast to Autumn - THANK YOU!

Posted on November 16, 2016 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Toast to Autumn 2016

Posted on October 11, 2016 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

2016 Grant Recipients

Posted on March 10, 2016 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

We are pleased to announce that $12,499 has been awarded to the following recipients:

Project Title: Adult and Infant CPR manikins w/ built-in CPR rate monitors
Summary: This project involves the purchase of twelve infant and four adult CPR minikins with CPR rate compression monitors which allow for quality hands on practice and effective CPR/AED training.

Project Title: Building Core Strength and Promoting Focus for ALL Learners
Summary: Grant money will be used to purchase various seating options – wobble seats, kneeling pads, wobble cushions, lap desks, exercise balls – for sharing among grades K-4 classrooms. Students will build core strength and it will promote focus for ALL learners. Students can try various configurations to meet their individual needs.

Project Title: Zones of Regulation
Summary: Zones of Regulation curriculum will assist in teaching Special Education students appropriate behaviors, social skills and provide supplemental materials.

Project Title: LMS Makerspace 3D Printer
Summary: Grant money will be used to purchase a 3D printer for the Makerspace in the LMS Media center.

Project Title: Daily 5: Steps to Independence in Literacy
Summary: Grant money will be used to purchase additional guided reading sets for early readers, and for hands-on materials to assemble literacy tubs called Word Work.

Project Title: Kore Wobble Chairs
Summary: KORE wobble chairs will be shared among the 5th grade classrooms. KORE wobble chairs allow students to “be in motion” while learning to better assist their focus and comprehension.

Project Title: Awesome Author
Summary: World-renowned author, Nancy Carlson, will come to Ripley Elementary to present to studentsabout the art of illustrating and writing techniques.

Project Title: Guided Reading Books for Early Readers
Summary: Additional guided reading books/sets will be purchased for Ripley’s Media Center to improveoptions for readers levels aa through M.

Project Title: Build a Story With LEGO Bricks!
Summary: Grant money will be used to purchase 10 sets of LEGOs. Students in 2nd – 4th grade will make LEGO bricks creations during media lessons. Pictures will be taken of their creations and imported into StoryStarter software. The software allows them to select from writing templates or customize a template to write a story about their creation during additional media class times.

Project Title: Dragon Kids Club Makers Stations
Summary: Grant money will be used to implement Makers Stations in to each of the Kid’s Club classrooms. Items purchased will enhance and support the STEM program.

2016 Grant Applications

Posted on January 10, 2016 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Grant Application for 2016

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Send applications by 4:00 P.M. Friday, January 29th 2016 to either:

Litchfield Public School Foundation, PO Box 71, Litchfield, MN 55355
Email to Rebecca Warpula - or
Circle Route to Community Education – Attn: Rebecca Warpula

Education Foundation Grants are intended for ISD#465 certified staff who wish to implement innovative improvements in their programs and enhance student learning. The Purpose of the grant program is to support new and exciting learning opportunities for students. Projects must benefit pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade students enrolled in Litchfield public schools and must align with the district’s mission, curriculum and goals.

Deadline for applications is January 29th, 2016. The application must contain the signed Grant Application Form, completed Grant Questions and Proposed Budget Outline. Please include contact information so the Litchfield Public School Foundation (LPSF) Committee may contact you if questions arise regarding your application.

Spring 2016 Funding will include total awards of up to $12,500 with grant recipients announced in March. You may apply for a grant with a minimum of $100 and a maximum of $2,000.

Application review is conducted by the LPSF Committee with support from district administration and Litchfield Community Foundation. Criteria used to measure grants and determine awards will include, but not be limited to the following: complete and clear application, project innovation, ability to spark imagination, impact on learning, clear goals, ability to measure outcomes.

Grant recipients will be asked to provide the LPSF Committee with a brief summary of how the grant money was utilized and the impact observed on student learning. Summaries will be due by December 31, 2016. It is a goal of the committee to share success stories with the community.


Posted on November 13, 2015 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Thank you to all who supported the efforts of the Foundation on November 12th. Our 4th Annual Toast to Autumn event was a great success! Thanks also for your online donations for Give to the Max Day 2015!

2015 Toast to Autumn

Posted on October 12, 2015 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Toast to Autumn is coming up - Thursday, November 12, 2015 at Peter's on Lake Ripley.  This is our fourth annual event, which raises funds to support education in our community. Come enjoy an evening of Tasting, Socializing, Butler passed hors d’oeuvres, Live Entertainment, and Silent Auction!

You may print and mail the RSVP below, or RSVP to the event posted on Facebook.

2015 Grant Recipients

Posted on April 12, 2015 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

2015 Grant Recipients

We are happy to announce that $12,000 has been awarded to the following projects:

Coding Math with Sphero
Robots controlled by programming done by students on iPads

Go! Motion
Motion detectors used in to perform labs that utilize position, velocity, and accelerations.

Moving to Learn
Air Stability Wobble Cushions used to help students who thrive from movement while reading.

Meeting Students' Sensory Needs
Sensory tools to meet needs for special education students.

Space and equipment for calming and focused exercise.

TV Monitor System
Featuring student-produced and student-focused media.

Middle School Science Technology
Sensors and probes that work with existing technology in the science lab.

Middle School Greenhouse Upgrade
Allowing more students to utilize the outdoor greenhouse.