The MCPASD Education Foundation held its favorite day of the year on Wednesday, April 25, awarding inspiration grants to educators throughout the school district.
The Foundation awarded ten inspiration grants worth $11,273 as part of its bus tour. In addition, the Foundation announced it will provide more than $6,000 to the District to address equity and achievment gap efforts across all levels, chair Courtney Ward-Reichard announced.
Staff members to receive grants included Clark Street Community School’s Jason Pertzborn, Park’s Karla Freimuth, Kromrey’s Brenda Weiss, Sauk Trail’s John Becker, Stephanie Spence, Barb Beyer, Paige Bessick and Kristina Mendiola and Middleton High School’s Gust Athanas, Lori Hunt and Janel Anderson.
In addition, Kristin Voss and Liza Hellenbrand were awarded a grant for SPARK, a parent-led group that provides support, education, and a social outlet for parents of a child or children with special needs.
The Foundation has now awarded out more than 80 grants totaling approximately $89,000 since it begin issuing grants in 2013. Every District school has received multiple grants.
The 2-hour yellow bus tour included stops at each school that received grants. MHS band members played “On Wisconsin” in each of the schools before Ward-Reichard presented each recipient with flowers donated by Pick ‘n Save. The SPARK grant will be presented at its end-of-the-year picnic on May 2, Director of Communications and Foundation board member Perry Hibner said.
Other Foundation board members who attended part or all of the celebration included Superintendent George Mavroulis, treasurer Steph Mueller, secretary Tom Kobinsky and board members Purna Byraiah, Ellen Lindgren and Hibner.
Mavroulis, Hibner, Anne Bauer, Chris Denney and Ann Ruscher served on the task group that evaluated the grant applications this year. Hibner noted it is the fourth 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 $250,000 for its endowment fund though Madison Community Foundation.
If you would like to contribute to the Foundation, please use the link to the right. If you would like to sponsor a grant in 2016, please e-mail Hibner or call him at 829-9014