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Foundation gives out grants

The South Washington County Education Foundation, with the approval of the District 833 School Board, June 19, awarded $11,350 in grants to four district schools.

The foundation, started in 1996, raises money from donations and fundraisers.

Grants are not awarded for projects not funded by the school district, but to innovative proposals by teachers, according to Patty Bittney Stark, foundation director.

Woodbury Junior High School was awarded $2,500 for earth science models and demonstration kits to help eighth grade students visualize earth features and provide hands-on learning, according to teachers Nancy Remakel and Ashley Riesgraf.

Cottage Grove Junior High School was awarded $1,000 to commission a professional composer to create a piece of music with student participation. The piece will be performed at a "world premiere" in the fall of 2009 when the school becomes a middle school, according to teacher Nancy Berg Williams.

Park High School is getting $2,350 for "Drums Alive," a workout program with a variety of drum routines using a stability ball and drumsticks. The fitness routines are set to music and promote flexibility and cardiovascular function, according to teachers Nancy Berg and Bridget Dockter.

Oltman Junior High School is being given $2,350 for handheld wireless remotes to be used in math classes that allow teachers to test students in "real time" so additional help can be given by teachers Amy Lucas, Teresa Willcom, Kelly Kuhl, David Caponigri, Stacy Hinz and Angela Morse.

Cottage Grove Junior High School was awarded $4,000 for "Dance, Dance Revolution," a motivational aerobic component for the physical education department by teachers, Adam Janiak, Gretchen Kleinsasser, Lorna Lapp, Rick Manis and Ben Slagle.

Stark, and foundation president John Regan, former district superintendent, said there were 27 grant applications.

Since 1996, the foundation has awarded $462,271 in grants, which are reviewed by a foundation committee.

The foundation is hosting the first statewide conference of education foundations on Sept. 18.

It will also host the 10th annual Tee Off for Academic Excellence Golf Tournament, Sept. 26, at Mississippi Dunes Golf Course in Cottage Grove.