Litchfield Public School Foundation 

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2017 Recipients

Project Title: STEM Lego Exploring, Learning & Creating

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.


Project Title: Math in Motion
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.


Project Title: Hear Now and Always
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.


Project Title: Instructional Guitars
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.


Project Title: Integrating Drone Technology into the Ag. Classroom
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).


Project Title: Flexible Seating in the Classroom
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.


Project Title: Math and STEM for Kindergarten
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.


Project Title: Flexible Seating for the Elementary Classroom
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.


Project Title: LHS 3D Printers
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.


Project Title: PadCaster, Makerspace
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.

2016 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 manikins 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 students about 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 improve options 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 Story Starter 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.

2015 Recipients

  • 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.
  • YogaCalm
    • 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.

2014 Recipients

  • Get Active with Wii (in PE)
  • Electricity Lab
  • Celebrate Our Students
  • Chromebook Integration

2012-2013 Recipients

  • Auditory Feedback for Speech Fluency
    • Allows students to be in more control of their speech and learn more effectively
  • Awesome Authors for Elementary Imagination
    • Every elementary student heard a presentation from Minnesota Authors
  • iPads for Social Workers
    • Technology assists in creating effective solutions for students
  • S.M.A.R.T. Boards for SMART Kids!
    • Integrated technology allows for additional opportunities to enhance learning
  • Middle School Greenhouse - Outdoor Classroom
    • 7th grade science and FACS grow produce to be served in the lunchroom
  • Energy Futures
    • Collaboration of the YES! Team and HS Science to explore solar energy technology
  • Evolving Into eBooks
    • Literacy project to encourage reading via electronic devices
  • 9th Grade Transitioning
    • Program to help incoming 9th graders successfully transition to the High School
  • iPad Minis Incorporated into Classroom Instruction
    • Additional technology allows for 21st Century learning environment
  • iPad for Hand-In-Hand Preschool
    • Technology supports enhanced learning opportunities for all learning domains