LPSF Grant Recipients

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.

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


2012-2013 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