Foundation 191announced 10 grants totaling $8182 for the 2015-16 school year to recipients from the district’s schools and programs at the June 24 ISD 191 School Board meeting.
The not-for-profit organization, created to enhance, enrich and expand educational opportunities within the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District, has contributed over $100,000 in grants and residencies at the preschool, elementary, junior high and high school levels since its creation in 2005 according to Steve Fiebiger, president of the Foundation.
2015-16 grants are:
1. Bowls for Brainpower to provide funds for materials to make bowls sold to raise funds for the Brainpower in a Back Pack program at the elementary schools.
2. Harriet Bishop Service Club, a student led organization providing opportunities for students to learn about needs in their community, develop leadership skills and help others.
3. Dramatic Play enhancement boxes for Early Childhood Family Education, Tiny Tots, Ready to Grow and Ready to Learn classrooms to help in developing social-emotional and executive function skills as well as language and vocabulary.
4. Develop an ongoing FIRST Lego League program in District elementary schools.
5. Expand the number of robotics teams at 191 Junior Highs and assist in the purchase of new programming modules.
6. Sioux Trail Reads: One School, One Book will provide each school family with a book to be read during a month long period to promote family reading.
7. #BurnsvilleStrong Youth Frontiers Retreat – train upper class students to mentor sophomores for the first day of school in the fall and a day long retreat in February.
8. STARS (Succeed Together, Act Responsibly and Safely) program field trip to McColl Pond Environmental Learning Center in Savage for Neill Elementary students.
9. Fund a Native American writer artist in residency for Metcalf Junior High 7thÂÂ graders to foster real world writing and explore diversity.
10. Fit chairs with Bouncy Bands and desks with under desk pedals to give Rahn Elementary School 4thÂ grade students a physical outlet while working.