The MCPASD Education Foundation awarded 12 grants worth more than $11,000 as part of its bus tour on Wednesday, April 26. In addition, earlier this year the Foundation provided $10,000 to fund supplies and materials for MakerSpace areas in all district schools, including six elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools.
The $21,000-plus that was distributed in 2017 is a record for the Foundation, executive director Perry Hibner said.
This year’s Inspiration Grants included:
The Foundation has now awarded more than 70 grants totaling approximately $72,000 since 2013. Every District school has received multiple grants.
The 2-hour, 30-minute yellow bus tour included stops at most of the schools. MHS band members played “On Wisconsin” in each of the schools before Hibner presented each recipient with flowers donated by Pick n’ Save, and a certificate.
Hibner will be visiting Elm Lawn and Glacier Creek next week to award their grants. A date has not been finalized to award the grant to the 21st Century eSchool.
“We’ve never had to visit so many schools before and it was impossible to get to them all in the short window we had,” Hibner said. “It’s a nice problem to have. Our bus tours to announce the grants are always an amazing experience for everyone involved. It’s always one of the best days of the year. There’s no better feeling than seeing the looks on the faces of students and staff when the band walks in.
“We are thrilled to be able to help our top-notch teachers transform their innovative and creative ideas into real-life ‘inspiring experiences’ for our students with a grant from the Foundation.”
Other Foundation board members who attended part or all of the celebration included Superintendent George Mavroulis, treasurer Stephanie Mueller, secretary Tom Kobinsky and board members Purna Byraiah, Ellen Lindgren, Janet Hartung Renfert and Rick Sanders.
Mavroulis, Anne Bauer, Zach Galin, Bill Reis and former Foundation board member Melodee Vogt served on the task group that evaluated the grant applications this year. The Foundation received 23 applications from staff. Hibner also noted it is the third consecutive time the Foundation was able to fully fund every grant that was selected during a cycle.
Since its inception in 2011, the Foundation has also raised more than $200,000 for its endowment fund though Madison Community Foundation. If you would like to contribute to the Foundation’s endowment fund, please visit Foundation’s website. If you would like to sponsor a grant in 2016, please e-mail Hibner or call him at 829-9014