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Your Donations at Work Through Foundation Grants



www.foundationwaps.org

The Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools is an independent, non-profit, 501(c) 3 organization established in 1991 and funded entirely by community and business supporters of education in Winona. The single purpose of the Foundation is to enrich and expand educational opportunities in Winona Area Public Schools by supporting important programs and projects that would otherwise not be available via normal district resources.

Grants are awarded each month by the Foundation that fund field trips, speakers and enrichment programs to enhance classroom learning. The Foundation also holds over 80 special funds created by individual supporters to benefit educational causes of specific interest. Donations can be made to the Foundation’s general fund or allocated to a special project, school or program of your choosing. These gifts can be made online (via this website), in person or by mail and are frequently made in honor or memory of a special person or event. Scholarship funds and memorials have been set up in a special person’s memory or honor to help the Foundation carry out its mission. Many donations have also been the result of specific financial arrangements such as wills, trusts or life insurance policies. Every dollar donated to the Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools will go towards grants and programs that will enrich the lives of students across the district.

For more information, please contact our office at support@foundationwaps.org; 507-494-1004, 1570 Homer Rd, Winona, MN 55987.

Heartfelt thanks to all our generous donors and supporters. Every dollar donated  In the past year alone, over a quarter of a million dollars has been directed through the Foundation to projects and programs that enhance public education. We are so grateful for your help in keeping our schools strong.


 
 
March 2017 ~ Young Writers Conference

Amount $883.75
Number of Students to Benefit: 100


Education Purpose & Goals:
Each year, Winona State hosts the Young Writer's Conference. By allowing our students an opportunity to attend, they are able to see how the writing we do as part of our standards is used in actual life, and how it can benefit themselves to increase their knowledge of writing.

Other benefits (school, individuals, community):
For many of our students, this will be the first time they are exposed to professional writers. They will experience people from our state and community that write as a profession and have published material. It is an eye opening event for students to be taught by these experts in small groups and it inspires many of them to become writers.

 
 
March 2017 ~ 2nd Grade Reading and Book Bags

Amount $450.00
Number of Students to Benefit: 48


Education Purpose & Goals:
Encourage literacy engagement and reading at home by providing each W-K 2nd Grader with a decorated book bag and book which they are interested in and can read.

Other benefits (school, individuals, community):
Second Grade students will be motivated to read. The Winona State University teacher candidate (who our students have been individually working with all semester) can be the agent of change in literacy for a student. This project extends the partnership between WSU and the WAPS community.

 
 
March 2017 ~ ECSE Sensory Needs

Amount $499.87
Number of Students to Benefit:
15

Education Purpose & Goals:
In preschool, the students are learning to use their bodies and keeping their bodies calm. Once the students have strategies to center themselves, they are able to learn better.

Other benefits (school, individuals, community):
By having this equipment, the students will be more ready to learn and their sensory needs will be met.

 
 
March 2017 ~ WALC PE Bowling

Amount $200.00
Number of Students to Benefit:
40

Education Purpose & Goals:
This field trip would serve two purposes. We are looking at taking our students on a bowling outing to give hands-on experience as part of their PE requirements and also as a positive incentive to students who are making progress in earning their credits. We have been exploring positive rewards, and believe the out-of-building activity will effectively motivate those who could use an extra push and reward those who have already been working hard.

Other benefits (school, individuals, community):
This will offer a positive incentive to students who make progress in their classes and reward those who have been working all along. Additionally, the opportunity to get out of the building and be active builds relationships between students and staff and improves school culture. Finally, this will help teach the importance of physical education.

 
 
March 2017 ~ Capital and Ft. Snelling Trip

Amount $2054.50
Number of Students to Benefit: 220

Education Purpose & Goals:
This field trip takes our sixth graders to the State capitol and to historic Fort Snelling. Both of these places tie too many of our 6th grade social studies standards.

Other benefits (school, individuals, community):
The trip enhances the students’ sense of citizenship and helps them realize and understand their place in history.

 
 
March 2017 ~ First Robotics National Championship

Amount $3000.00
Number of Students to Benefit: 11


Education Purpose & Goals:
The FRC robotic team 3090 has been invited to participate in the national championship April 26-29, 2017 in St. Louis, MO. Students will be able to engage in workshops and participate in the national robotic competition. Through the participation students will learn what it takes to design, fabricate a robot, and communicate and fulfill strategies for the game to compete at the national level. It may motivate the team to pursue additional local resources to assist them in their endeavors. These local resources will help students apply knowledge used in Winona companies.

 
 
February 2017 ~ Trills and Thrills Music Festival

Amount $2205.00
Number of Students to Benefit: 100

Education Purpose & Goals:
To provide students the opportunity to perform, receive critiques by professionals in the field of choral music and a performance rating, motivate students to work hard, and bond as an ensemble to create a collaborative learning community and long-lasting friendships.

 
 
February 2017 ~ Shakespeare in the Schools- WSHS

Amount $1600.00
Number of Students to Benefit: 68

Education Purpose & Goals:
Shakespeare in the Schools (SITS) will provide unique arts experience for students at Winona Senior High School. SITS is a program of Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF). Professional actors with training as teaching artists will lead classroom and out-of-school residencies.


Classroom teachers work with GRSF artists to choose scenes from one of Shakespeare’s plays. Students from the class are grouped and assigned a scene and a character. The group completes text analysis of their scene including defining words, using a lexicon, and paraphrasing each line.

 
 
February 2017 ~  5th Grade MN Zoo/ Imax Theater - WMS

Amount $1034.00
Number of Students to Benefit: 220

Education Purpose & Goals:
In addition to viewing animals in their adapted environment; through a pre and post visit assessment, our 5th graders will be able to compare the different adaptations of animals and how these specific adaptations help the animals to survive in the wild. This educational purpose aligns with our 5th grade science standards – 5.4.1.1.1 "Describe how plant and animal structures and their functions provide an advantage for survival in a given natural system."


 
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