Foundation for WAPS awards $4K in grants for September

The Foundation for WAPS in September awarded seven grants that totaled more than $4,300 to support programs and projects that enrich and expand educational opportunities in Winona Area Public Schools. 

The grants include:

  • Science Story Time and Outdoor Skills ($450, Winona Middle School): An elective class at Winona Middle School would like to bring in a speaker — Derek Barkeim from Seekers Wild — to teach survival skills to give students a hands-on experience iwth the content in a book they are studying.
  • Mystery Cave ($1,390.55, WMS): Students will travel to various geologic places of interest in southeastern Minnesota to observe karst, springs, sinkholes, streams and groundwater. The purpose is to provide all eighth grade students with a common learning experience centered around our unique karst landforms and the geologic processes involved in shaping our landscape. The goals include helping students understand the major characteristics of our landscape, how it formed and why we should be concerned about our groundwater.
  • Caring Closet expansion ($200, WMS): The Caring Closet at WMS has expanded to a small classroom and provides school supplies, clothing/coats, basic hygeine items and food for any student that may have needs. The closet needs a large clothing rack to display clothing and winter gear.
  • Building Social Emotional Competency ($1,048.25, Jefferson): This grant will be used to purchase school-wide social, emotional, and behavioral curriculum to help increase teachers' and counselors' responses to bullying, conflict resolution, anger management and social skills.
  • National FFA Convention ($800, Winona Senior High School): The overall purpose of the trip is to connect with other FFA members throughout Minnesota and the country and bring back new ideas to the local chapter. Students will learn new things from various workshops offered and bring their learning outside of the classroom. The main goal for the students is to make new connections, learn about agricultural opportunities after high school, and to bring back new ideas for the chapter. They will be able to accomplish these goals by attending workshops, sessions, and the college and career fair.
  • Improving Mental Health Through Coloring (WSHS): Three jumbo coloring posters and four sets of crayons will be purchased to be displayed and used in the health class room. Students will be able to utilize these coloring boards during class and before or after school if an adult is present. If these coloring posters are well received their usage will be expanded into hallways or house areas.
  • Mayo Health Fair ($500, WSHS): The Mayo Health Fair is an opportunity for junior and senior level students enrolled in the health care courses of Medical Terminology, Nutrition and Anatomy & Physiology, to have a glimpse into all the careers that are available to them.

Learn more about the Foundation, or donate, at this link.