The La Crosse Public Education Foundation awarded more than $40,000 in grants Monday to support classroom innovation.

The more than 30 grants will put iTouchs, Kindles and camcorders in the hands of La Crosse School District students and provide opportunities to learn through projects that connect their classroom with the outdoors.

The 2010 recipients were announced at an awards ceremony and luncheon Monday at the Cargill Room in Riverside Center South. Special honorees were Jean Bassett as influential individual, La Crosse Radio Group as corporate investor and Maureen Freedland as outstanding volunteer.

Those receiving 2010 Classroom Innovation Grants and their projects are:

  • Lori Aschenbrener and Joe Anglehart, Central High School, “Science Meets Art —Iron Pour”
  • Mary Robinson, Central High, “Read, Think and Write,” funded by The Insurance Center
  • Peter Schmitz, Hintgen Elementary School, “Libros”
  • Terri Rudolph, “Relevant Reading,” funded by Franciscan Skemp
  • Barb Secord and Debra Buswell, Longfellow Middle School, “Literacy for All”
  • Maria Ellis and Paula Thompson, Logan Middle, “Edmark Reading Program”
  • Joe Anglehart, Central High, “Video Motion Project”
  • Angela Smith, Central High, “The Biotechnology Revolution”
  • Lyn Rolbiecki, Amanda Potaracke and Tom Kammer, Central and Logan high schools, “Health Science Academy”
  • Gina Morken, Kathy Schnitzius and Susan Schaller, Roosevelt Elementary/Coulee Montessori, “Native Plant Rain Garden”
  • Nick Kalina, Central High, “Robotics Initiative for Project Lead the Way”
  • Bridget Hill, Paula Neberman, Jesse McKinney and Peter Klitzke, Hintgen Elementary, “Information in Hand”
  • Samantha Parkhurst and Robin Fleig, Logan Middle, “Show Us Your World!”
  • Annie Mach, Central High, “Hands-on Calorimetry that Works”
  • Jodi Jansky and Matthew Christen, Logan Middle, “iTouch the Earth”
  • Joanne Morgan, Central High, “Manipulating Metrics”
  • Andy Hartman, Mark Ziegler, Tom Kammer, Jill Abing, Scott Gruen and Jim Konichek, Logan High, “Radio Telemetry Resource Monitoring”
  • Pam Popp and Jeff Hansen, Longfellow Middle, “Geo-Caching and Urban Forestry”
  • Linda Watson, North Woods International School, “Connections with Australia ... and Beyond!”
  • Lisa Altreuter, Deanna Wiatt, Jennifer Ruetten and Ruth DeJarlais, Emerson Elementary, “iTouch the World,” grant from Hale Skemp, Hanson, Skemp and Sleik Law Firm
  • Abby Ryan, Emerson Elementary, “Digital Voice Recorders”
  • Jeanne Halderson, Longfellow Middle, “Chroma Green Screen Gone Blue”
  • Rick Klein, Kathy Schneider, Cameron Bruce and Mike Brudos, “Computer Technology Tools”
  • Allison Graumann, Emerson Elementary, “Creating a Comfortable Learning Environment”
  • David Aponte, Central High, “Learning a Life’s Work,” funded by The Insurance Center.
  • Ruth Baardseth, Lincoln Middle, “Civil War Re-Enactments”
  • Nick O’Keefe, North Woods International School, “Let’s Get Kids Out Fishing”
  • Tamara Zenz, “Holocaust Education in the Juvenile Detention Center,” grant from the Maureen and Robert Freedland Fund for Studies of the Shoah
  • Jill Gorell, Joan Solberg, Carolyn Lawrence and Jodi Jansky, Logan Middle, “Voices of the Holocaust,”  grant from the Maureen and Robert Freedland Fund for Studies of the Shoah
  • Shealyne Dunn, Dori Bertilson, Debbie White and Scott Moore, Spence Elementary, “iPods,”grant from the Duane and Carol Taebel Fund
  • Karen Wilke and Jon Morschhauser, Longfellow Middle, “Empowering Global Sixth-Grade Students,” grant from the Dr. Gunnar and Mary Baldwin Gundersen Fund
  • Lisa Altreuter, Jenny Ruetten, Deanna Wiatt and Ruth DeJarlais, Emerson Elementary, “iTouch the Future — I Teach,” grant from the Richard Swantz Endowment for Staff Development

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