We are extremely pleased to announce the 2020 grant award winners for the 2020-2021 school year! This year we are awarding 12 grants totaling over $46,000 and we are excited to share the details of the grants below and in the video above.
Ordinarily we present the grants at the May School Board meeting, but with this year’s meeting a virtual affair we decided to record a video and share that with the board and on our website on the same evening. We miss presenting the big checks to the staff and school board!
Grant funding is specifically intended for projects above and beyond those typically funded by the district and schools’ budgets, PTA/PTO, Boosters and other existing Wayzata district and school resources. The grants must also align with the district’s strategic roadmap and its four strategic directions of achievement; each and every; personalization; and health and well-being.
Since our inception in 2003, we have distributed grant funds totaling more than $350,000 and are the only organization that raises private funds for innovative teaching for the entire school district. Teachers and staff submit grant applications from August through December each year and we award the grants the following Spring.
The 2020-2021 Wayzata Education Fund grants will impact thousands of students of all ages, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, and physical and mental abilities from across the Wayzata School District.
The 12 projects receiving 2020-2021 funding from the Wayzata Education Fund include:
- Paws on Books, a book lending program through which each outgoing second grader will receive six books to bring home for the summer to reduce summer reading slide at Greenwood Elementary, thanks to teacher Ginny Adams
- Upgraded, easy-to-use, polar heart rate monitors for middle school students during physical education to encourage healthy habits at West Middle School, thanks to teacher Michael Brindise
- 3D printers for fourth grade students and beyond, in order to refine their creativity and engineering skills at North Woods Elementary, thanks to teacher Lisa Carlson.
- A decal printer that allows for interdisciplinary collaboration between ceramics and graphic design, allowing students to create one-of-a-kind art products at Wayzata High School, thanks to teacher Emma Carroll.
- CoSpaces that allow students to create virtual reality spaces with merge cubes for sixth grade students at all middle schools, thanks to teachers Robyn Chrast and Steve Newman.
- Sun lamps in Austism Spectrum Disorder classrooms to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder for students at Wayzata High School, thanks to teachers Renee Heiland and Nicole Delorme.
- Google Expeditions virtual reality equipment and content, allowing for global virtual field trips and the creation of virtual tours of their own, for students at North Woods Elementary and Sunset Hill Elementary, thanks to teacher Kareena Kraemer.
- A coffee cart program for special education students to learn social, math, reading, and employment skills by selling coffee at West Middle School, thanks to teacher Lindsay Nyhof
- A 3D printer for use in Wayzata High School robotics and manufacturing classes to help them design and create robots to tackle specific challenges, thanks to teacher Ken Pashina.
- A digital table saw readout for wood and metal manufacturing classes within tech education at Wayzata High School, thanks to teacher Kyle Swenson.
- A mobile Spanish library, so students always have access to a variety of literature in Spanish at Wayzata High School, thanks to teacher Alyssa Warne.
- iPads to support special education students in regulating their emotions at Gleason Lake, thanks to teacher Allison Westplate.
The Wayzata Education Fund is a community affiliate of the St. Paul & Minnesota Foundation. To learn more about the Wayzata Education Fund, volunteer, or to make a donation, visit www.wayzataedfund.org.
It’s that time of year again. Temperatures are finally warming up, spring activities are in full force, and the end of school countdown is on. And that can only mean one thing – it’s time to thank your Wayzata teacher, staff, or coach for all of the amazing work they have put in this year.
The Thank a Teacher program exists so that families within the district can honor a Wayzata faculty member, surprise them with a little treat, and also make a donation to a great cause that will help their kids and their community. As always, any donation made during this time will come with a certificate of appreciation from you, but a donation of $25 or more means that teacher will also get a bundlet, thanks to our partnership with Nothing Bundt Cakes, Minnetonka.
You have until June 1st to honor that special teacher in your child’s life, but why wait? The Thank a Teacher program – spring edition – is open now.