WEF Gives $35,400 to District Teachers & Programs
Teams from the Waukesha Education Foundation surprised this year’s grant recipients this week by traveling to schools throughout the school district with novelty checks, prizes, and good news.
Throughout the year, the Waukesha Education Foundation (WEF) raises funds through community events to be awarded as annual grants. Each spring, teachers and staff throughout the School District of Waukesha may submit grant proposals to the foundation, requesting support for unique teaching opportunities or innovative programs that normally wouldn’t be funded by the school district.
This year, WEF received a record number of 94 requests totaling well over $150,000. The Foundation was able to award 33 grants totaling $35,400. Instead of notifying the teachers and staff through a general email, board members from the organization traveled to classrooms throughout the school district to notify the grant recipients in front of their students and colleagues.
“Our Foundation team is primarily made up of volunteers. We work really hard year round, which can be a challenging balancing act considering most of our Board already works their own full time jobs,” said Lynnette Kalmadge, Executive Director of the Waukesha Education Foundation. “Presenting the grants in this format re-energizes us and serves as a reminder that what we do is incredibly impactful. It is sincerely my very favorite work day of the year.”
“We work within our community to raise dollars to fund our endowment. We do this by holding special events such as our recent Walk/Run & Wellness Event, our August 7 Golf Outing and our Celebration of Excellence that is scheduled for November 14. We rely on business and community support alike through a variety of sponsorship opportunities, donation opportunities and partnerships. Without this support, we could not fund these awesome programs,” said Kalmadge.
Grants awarded this year included a variety of great projects: Virtual Reality tools for our Health Sciences students district-wide; start up supplies for the VEX Robotics program at Les Paul Middle School; Vernier science probes at North High School; math, literacy, STEM and IT programs at a variety of schools; art programs and several initiatives that focus on the mental health & coping skills of our students, a topic that Districts across our nation are dealing with daily.
Each year, these grants are featured at the District Enrollment Event, hosted by the School District of Waukesha to showcase the innovative and unique learning opportunities available to students in our District Next year’s Enrollment Event will be Saturday, December 7 at Waukesha North High School.
All in all, the Foundation funding over $35,000 in grant requests. The 2019 individual Grant Winners include:
Horning Middle School
South & North High School Language Departments
Les Paul Middle School
Rose Glen Elementary
South High School
STEM-Randall Campus (Elementary School)
STEM-Saratoga Campus (Middle School)
Summit View Elementary
West High School