Student initiative will result in grants for more than 25 Coulee Region classrooms this holiday season.

Since 2011, two local business owners, Misty Lown of Misty’s Dance Unlimited and Lissa Carlson of Coulee Parenting Connection, have teamed up to help fund initiatives in the classroom that were new, denied or cut from school budgets. The two businesswomen created Cash for Classrooms, a grant program that allows students to submit requests for up to $250.

Students apply on behalf of their classroom or school, and public and private schools throughout the region are encouraged to apply. Applications arrived from schools throughout the area for items ranging from basic needs to classroom enhancements.

The grants are awarded in time for the new year, with a few schools typically enjoying a surprise visit just before Christmas. This year, Lown and Carlson visited North Woods International School on Tuesday morning, where seven grants were submitted.

“It’s a great time of year to make these awards,” said Carlson. “Our schools need to feel that spirit of giving from our community in a day and age when frankly, that spirit feels a bit crushed as teachers try to do more with less financial support. We’re so grateful for what our quality local schools and teachers do for our region’s students.”

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Nathan Hansen has been the Education Reporter for the Tribune since 2014. Prior to that, he covered education, agriculture and business topics for the Winona Daily News. He is always on the lookout for news tips and can be contacted at 608-791-8234.

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