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Foundation 191 awards grants to 10 proposals

The Foundation 191 Board of Directors has approved grant awards for the 2015-2016 school year in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

A total of 13 grant applications were received and 10 grants were awarded for a total of $8,182, according to Stephen Fiebiger, foundation president. (See list below.)

“Since its inception in 2005, Foundation 191 has facilitated over $100,000 in funds and in-kind donations to be distributed for enhanced learning opportunities for students in District 191,” he said. “This significant number is meaningful, not merely because of its size, but because of the broad swath of projects and programs that have enhanced, enriched and expanded the education of students over a decade. The projects remind us that small pieces can add up to big things.”  

For example, Fiebiger said, one of the first grants was for the program now known as Bowls for Brain Power that raises funds for Brain Power in a BackPack. This program engages high school students, staff and community volunteers to make bowls that are sold to raise funds for filling backpacks with weekend food for elementary students in need. “The program has multiple sources of support and generated thousands of dollars for Brain Power in a BackPack to become an annual event each spring” he said. “It is a terrific investment.”  

To make grants possible, Foundation 191 has two major fundraisers run by volunteers. They are the annual golf tournament that will take place on Sept. 11 at Crystal Lake Golf Club and the “Grapes and Grains” wine and craft beer tasting event on Feb. 4, 2016 at the Ames Center in Burnsville. More information is available at       

Foundation 191 grants for the 2015-2016 school year:

Bowls for Brain Power - $1,010.00

Provides funds for materials for BHS students to make bowls sold at event in April at BHS senior campus to raise funds for Brain Power in a BackPack in elementary schools. Contacts:  Fay Finn - Area Coordinator and Tim Hammes, Art Teacher

Harriet Bishop Service Club - $400.00

Student-led Service Club provides opportunities for students (grades K-6) to learn about the need in their community, develop leadership skills and help others. Contact: Seema Pothini, Parent Volunteer

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) – Dramatic Play Enhancement - $1,000.00

Dramatic play is critical develop social-emotional and executive function skills as well as language and vocabulary improvement.  Project will put together dramatic play boxes in ECFE, Tiny Tots, Ready to Grow and Ready to Learn classrooms. Contact: Jordan Taylor, Parent Educator

Develop Robotics Programs in Burnsville Elementary Schools (Grades 4-6) - $1,000.00

The project would provide money to establish an on-going FIRST Lego League program in the district’s elementary schools. Contact: Darcy Schatz, Mentor

Expand Robotics Programs in District 191 Junior High Schools (Grades 7-9) - $750.00

The project would help fund the number of robotics teams in the District 191 Junior Highs and assist teams to purchase new programming modules. Contact: Darcy Schatz, Mentor

Sioux Trail Reads: One School, One Book - $1,000.00

Project will purchase one book per family that will be read during a month-long period spanning a school break. One School, One Book promotes family reading and builds the Sioux Trail Community. Contact: Sharron Stalock & Denise Engberg, Enrichment Teacher & Media EA

#BurnsvilleStrong Youth Frontiers retreat - $1,000.00

Project will help support #BurnsvilleStrong’s mentoring and training program for 11th and 12th grade students to mentor as small group leaders the first day of school for sophomores and a day-long retreat for sophomores in February. Contact: Jen Waller, Language Arts teacher, #BurnsvilleStrong Chair

School-Wide Field Trip (PBIS) at Edward Neill Elementary School - $522.00

Grant will help fund school-wide field for STARS program (Succeed Together, Act Responsibly & Safely) to McColl Pond Environmental Learning Center in Savage. Contact: Dr. Elizabeth Vaught, Principal

Artist in Residence at Metcalf Junior High School - $1,000.00

Project will help fund artist in residence writer to foster real world writing with students in grade 7 to explore diversity, poetry and art of Native American writer in residence. Contact: Stephanie Nash, English/Language Arts teacher

Active Learning at Rahn Elementary School - $500.00

The project will fit chairs with Bouncy Bands and desks with under desk pedals to give 4th grade students a physical outlet while working. Contact: Alissa Tofte, Teacher





Posted: Monday, June 29, 2015 - 12:34