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Education foundation gives out $18,000 in grants

Students at Hamilton Elementary School taste vegetables grown in the school garden this past fall. Hamilton received $1,264 from the La Crosse Public Education Foundation to help cover the costs of a field trip to a local farm and to help support the garden.

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Hamilton Elementary School’s connection to healthy food and nature will continue to grow, thanks to a $1,264 grant from the La Crosse Public Education Foundation.

More than $18,000 in grants were announced Monday, funding 16 projects at schools across the La Crosse School District. This is second round of grants announced by the foundation, after it was decided to split this year’s grant awards.

Adding in the second round, the foundation will have given out nearly $50,000 for the 2014-15 school year.

“Teachers told us they would appreciate a second chance to apply for grants later in the school year because sometimes inspiration hits after the first deadline has passed,” said Greg Bonney, foundation board president. “We were impressed by the quantity and quality of this round of requests, and glad that generous support from our donors allowed us to increase the overall money available for classroom projects.”

The $1,264 given to Hamilton will be used to cover field trip costs to Deep Roots Community Farm. The field trips are promoted by Grow La Crosse, a local nonprofit organization with a mission to connect children to healthy food and nature. The grant also builds upon the school garden project at the school, with students able to take home fresh produce for their families.

Another $700 grant awarded to Hamilton will fund other community field trips, and the elementary also won a $1,959 award to purchase heart-rate monitors for use by fourth- and fifth-grade students. The monitors will help students learn how to accurately measure their target heart rate and learn about heart health.

Other projects benefiting from grants include The Giving Project, ukuleles for elementary schools and stand-up desks at Logan Middle School. The 16 grants were chosen from among 19 applications totaling more than $33,000 in requests.

Grant recipients will be honored next winter as part of the foundation’s annual Grants Award Luncheon, joining the recipients from next fall’s grant awards.


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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