Litchfield Public School Foundation

Litchfield Public School Foundation

LPSF Grant Recipients

2021 Recipients

Project Title: CPR Training Supplies
CPR is a lifelong skill that saves lives. Through the use of adult and infant manikins and AED trainers we are able to prepare our high school students to be a resource to their families, friends and our community by teaching them the
skills needed to perform high quality CPR and the use of an AED, skills that could ultimately save a life.

Project Title: Introduction to Robotics
This project will give students the opportunity to experience the challenge and reward that comes with robotics and computer programing. Students will be given a variety of challenges and their goal will be to identify the problem, design a solution, and bring that solution to life with a combination of robotics engineering and computer programming.

Project Title: Band Exploration
Litchfield has a deep, rich history in music and provides the student with awesome opportunities to perform, learn, and grow as a musician. This class will be their start into a world that can take them anywhere they want to go and will focus on playing actual band instruments.

Project Title: Let’s Get Growing
All Lake Ripley Elementary students will collaborate to plant and grow vegetables during their STEAM class times. Garden produce will be able to be tasted in classrooms and/or the lunch room.

Project Title: STEAM Curriculum
STEAM curriculum in the middle school will provide students with challenges in an environment which will be collaborative both academically and interpersonally. Working with others to solve problems is a very important skill which middle school students should have many opportunities to experience.

Project Title: ALP Efficiency Kitchen
The installation of an Efficiency Kitchen would provide the students, who attend the ALP, the opportunity to learn daily living and independence skills along with learning cooperation and problem solving skills. The efficiency
kitchen could be used though out the school day in a variety of curriculum settings such a Science and Math. The students will have the opportunity to learn about different cultures through the food items that are made and the ALP students would be able to earn credits toward graduation requirement.

Project Title: Calming Sensory Tools
We are asking for items that provide tools for movement, regulation, heavy work, tactile, vision, smell, and sound to best explore and meet the sensory needs in a calming sensory room. This is a space that is welcome to all students and will need both items that can be used for many, as well as individual items due to covid restrictions. This space is somewhere that the students can determine and help navigate their coping strategies, instead of having staff determining it for them. We appreciate the time and consideration of our grant request. Please contact one of us with any questions for clarification.

Project Title: Link Crew
The Link Crew curriculum will better support Litchfield High School students throughout their freshmen year. Every year we discuss how we can best support incoming freshmen. This curriculum will provide us with an outline to meet this constant need. We project to see reduced failures and increased attendance for freshmen.

Project Title: Active Sensory Tools
Litchfield Middle School Special Education Department is creating an active sensory room for students to engage in
activities including movement, balance, sight, and hearing to encourage play, creativity, investigation, and exploration during short periods of time throughout the school day. These activities will assist students in developing skills to
ease stress and increase tolerance to new stimuli and difficult situations.

Project Title: Upgrading Middle School Math Manipulatives
Students in middle school struggling with basic and advanced math concepts will have the opportunity to use math manipulatives and calculators to increase their understanding and knowledge. Students will be able to use these
manipulatives and calculators throughout the whole year, and continue to use them year after year. Progress will be measured using data collection that will be reported through progress reports for
students in special education for each quarter.

Project Title: English 10 Choice Book Unit
The English 10 Choice Book Project allows for 25 new and different hard-cover novels to be purchased and added to the English 10 curriculum. This project will be a unit taught to all tenth graders every year. The Choice Book Project
will give students ownership in the books they read by allowing them to choose what book he or she wants to study for a unit. This project will put the “wonder” back into reading for some of our reluctant readers.

Project Title: We Both Read
The project will lead to increased comprehension, fluency, decoding skills, along with enthusiasm books for reading, The feature both fiction and non-fiction titles. : Available to teachers are comprehension quizzes to use to document progress of the students and tips on how to implement a successful lending program for families 4 The We Both Read books are an effective tool because they engage both children and parents in reading. Each book is formatted for a par and child to take turns reading aloud alternate pages. The Parent’s page is a higher level text, the child’s at matches the child’s reading level. The books help many children to love reading and allow parents to witness progress in their child’s reading.

Project Title: MS Science Whiteboards
Needed classroom material.

2020 Recipients

A Novel Idea with Novels
Active Indoor Recess
Hands on Handwriting
Phonemic Awareness
Litchfield High School Dragon Robotics-Tools
Playaway Audio Library
Wireless Visual Display 7th Grade Science

DSLR Camera for HS Yearbook Staff
Alternative Learning Program Science Equipment
Classroom Projector
Enhancing the Science Classroom with Technology
Kindergarten Play!
Enhancing English through Touchscreen Technology
Ripley’s “Full STEAM Ahead”

2019 Recipients

Creating a Calming Space-Sensory Room Update for Lake Ripley School
The special education team at Lake Ripley School would like to update their student sensory room by purchasing new swings and other sensory tools that they can use to help their students maintain focus and to offer a calming space to students who are having difficulties in the classroom environment. This project will help students at Lake ripley School be more successful socially and academically in their classrooms.

Fifth Grade Music Exploration

Litchfield has a deep, rich history in music and provides the students with awesome opportunities to perform, learn, and grow as a musician. This class will be their start into a world that can take them anywhere you want to go and will focus on playing actual band instruments.

Graphing Dragons

This project is to put graphing technology in the hands of all students. I would like to purchase TI-84 graphing calculators for my classroom. The grant money will help put more opportunities in the hands of students to learn to solve complex algebra problems by using graphing technology to help them visualize problems.

Chromebooks for Coding

In a world where coding is becoming a necessary skill, it is important that we equip our students with those skills to help them become successful citizens in the digital world. Chromebooks for Coding is a project that will allow students to explore an area which could set them up for a future of career involving coding.

STEM Challenge Resources

The STEM Challenge Resource grant will provide fourth graders with the opportunity to collaborate with their peers to reach a weekly goal. The goals will be specific challenges that utilize STEM-based tools. Using resources to complete each challenge will encourage creative thinking and problem solving while strengthening communication skills and ability to merge ideas into one solution.

Brains and Bodies Ready for School

This project will provide a “gross motor boost” for our district’s preschool program. More movement supports a child’s ability to organize the brain for learning. With the materials in this project, students will engage in obstacle courses, group gross motor games, and individual skill building with gym materials.
Special Education Sensory/Regulation
There are many sensory, emotional and behavioral needs at the middle school. We need to have an area that is safe, clean, and appropriate as possible for our students to best support their needs on a daily basis. These items would allow the team working with our students to better support their needs in regards to sensory and self-regulation skills.

AnaLegs: Exploration of Geometry
Analegs kits will be utilized by fourth grade students to enhance the exploration of geometry concepts through lessons and hands-on learning. The use of Anglegs will also challenge students to become problem solvers by working individually or as teams to tackle problems they are given to work through. The use of manipulatives gives students the freedom to show what they have learned about concepts when they might not be able to express in writing or orally. The ability to differentiate instruction allows for so many more ways for students to explore and grow as learners.

First Grade Math Maniacs

First Grade Math Maniacs project will create a classroom where children can use their imagination, critical thinking, and engineering skills. The materials will allow the teacher to differentiate instruction in the classroom.

Engaging Families for Student Success

Research shows there is a strong link between family-school engagement and improved student learning. This project focuses on the intentional development of building effective family-school partnerships between Title I Families and Lake Ripley Elementary in order to improve student reading achievement.
MS Lab Equipment-

Electronic Balances

The middle school science department is seeking funds to purchase new Laboratory Electronic Balances. The balances will be utilized in all middle school science classrooms grades 5-8. Currently, labs involving mass have been limited by the number of scales available.

Adult and Infant CPR manikins with built-in CPR rate monitors

Cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. CPR saves lives. CPR classes give students and staff the training and skills needed to make a difference in a crisis. CPR/AED training is offered to staff and students. Approximately 350 students and staff are trained each year. Purchasing updated CPR manikins would make it possible for both staff and students to continue to effectively learn lifesaving skills, making schools, communities, and families safer.

Sound for the Wagner Building

Sound equipment is a vital part of being able to utilize our gym space to the fullest as well as other spaces throughout the district such as the HS Cafeteria, MS gyms, and pool area. These spaces are utilized for students of all ages.

2018 Recipients

Project Title: MS 5th Grade Math Manipulatives
Summary: Purchasing or replacing math manipulative for standards in 5th, this investment will assist in introducing, developing and expanding concrete knowledge of mathematical concepts for all students.

Project Title: Rockin’
Around 6th Grade
Summary: Funds will be used to purchase student rocking chairs for 6th grade classrooms. A few of these chairs are in classrooms now, and increased time on task has been demonstrated by students who have used them.

Project Title: Cornhole Set
Cross Curricular Project
Summary: Supplies will be purchased for ten cornhole board sets for bean bag toss. The boards will be built by middle school students in the industrial tech classes, decorated during Art classes and the bean bags sewn during FACS. The final products will be used by all Middle School students in Physical Education class.

Project Title: Enhancing with Osmo

Summary: Osmo Genius Kits will be purchased to extend and enhance learning beyond the regular curriculum. The Osmo system integrates technology with hands-on manipulative, allowing children to creatively expand their thinking. Math, language, science and art are areas that are enhanced with this program. Five sets will allow for one to be in each 2nd grade classroom.

Project Title: Media for the Elementary

Summary: Large screen television, cart and sound system will be purchased for use at Lake Ripley Elementary. This mobile system will enhance many school activities including Kindergarten Round Up, school assemblies, parent teacher conferences, staff development and Dragon Pride Activities.
Project Title: Model Kits for Chemistry
Summary: This project will purchase 16 Duluth Labs Molecular Model kits to replace aging materials. Molecular models give students a way to visualize chemistry that is, unfortunately, impossible to see.

Project Title: Padcaster Productions

Summary: Padcaster equipment (camera, microphone and a wheeled tripod) will be purchased and the English department will use it for project based learning and imovie creations. They will cover multiple content areas including writing, reading, science, social studies and possibly health or physical education.

Project Title: Rocket Math
Summary: Rocket Math will be implemented to teach basic math facts at Lake Ripley Elementary within the special education department and general education classrooms.

Project Title: Seating Options & Fidgets
Summary: Funds will be used to purchase flexible seating options and age appropriate fidgets for the classroom. These options will allow for more movement in the classroom and enhance student focus during instruction and work time.

Project Title: Speech and Language iPads
Summary: Funds will be used to purchase new iPads and specialized speech/language apps that will allow for enhanced learning for those students receiving Speech & Language services.

Project Title: Spire Reading
Summary: Funds will be used to purchase additional books, sound circles, and syllable rectangles to be used at Lake Ripley Elementary by special education teachers.

Project Title: STEM Design Challenge
Summary: Flinn Scientific’s STEM Design Challenge Kits will be purchased for use in the 6th, 7th and possibly 8th grade science classrooms. The goal of the project will be to provide active, inquire-based self-paced STEM labs that will be added to middle school science curriculum.

Project Title: STEM Games for kids
Summary: Funds will purchase games that encourage the use of science, technology, engineering and math. These games will be used with all kids at Lake Ripley Elementary through the Dean of Students position.

Project Title: Take a Stand for Education
Summary: Tabletop standing desks will be purchased for students to use while engaging in learning in a more physical way. Physical activity in the classroom engages minds and decreases a sedentary lifestyle.

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

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

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

Project Title: Moving to Learn

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

Project Title: Meeting Students’ Sensory Needs
Sensory tools to meet needs for special education students.

Project Title: YogaCalm
Space and equipment for calming and focused exercise.

Project Title: TV Monitor System
Featuring student-produced and student-focused media.

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

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

2014 Recipients

Project Title: Get Active with Wii (in PE)

Project Title: Electricity Lab

Project Title: Celebrate Our Students

Project Title: Chromebook Integration

2012-13 Recipients

Project Title: Auditory Feedback for Speech Fluency
Allows students to be in more control of their speech and learn more effectively

Project Title: Awesome Authors for Elementary Imagination
Every elementary student heard a presentation from Minnesota Authors

Project Title: iPads for Social Workers
Technology assists in creating effective solutions for students

Project Title: S.M.A.R.T. Boards for SMART Kids!
Integrated technology allows for additional opportunities to enhance learning

Project Title: Middle School Greenhouse – Outdoor Classroom
7th grade science and FACS grow produce to be served in the lunchroom

Project Title: Energy Futures
Collaboration of the YES! Team and HS Science to explore solar energy technology

Project Title: Evolving Into eBooks
Literacy project to encourage reading via electronic devices

Project Title: 9th Grade Transitioning
Program to help incoming 9th graders successfully transition to the High School

Project Title: iPad Minis Incorporated into Classroom Instruction
Additional technology allows for 21st Century learning environment

Project Title: iPad for Hand-In-Hand Preschool
Technology supports enhanced learning opportunities for all learning domains