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Local schools have received funding for snowshoes, books, field trips and more through the La Crosse Public Education Foundation, which announced $36,000 in grants Thursday.

The latest round of Gold Star Grants includes funding for a Virtual Reality system that will be used by Lincoln, Logan and Longfellow middle school students; a wide variety of science, music, arts and literature projects; and a trip for all third-grade students to attend a compassion and kindness exhibit at the Children’s Museum of La Crosse.

The foundation approved 24 of the 29 grant applications it received, evaluating them for creativity, student engagement and impact.

This is the second round of grants from the foundation this school year; in December, it awarded another 24 grants totalling $40,000.

The total — $80,000 in grants — is nearly twice as much as the foundation was able to award five years ago.

“We’re excited to see the amazing things teachers are doing to bring new experiences to students in our public schools,” said Rochelle Nicks, the foundation’s board president.

Here is a complete list of the grants announced Thursday:

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