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Efforts to address emotional and behavioral problems among students are among the recipients of almost 33,000 in grants given to the La Crosse School District.

The La Crosse Public Education Foundation announced 21 grants totaling $32,982 on Thursday. This second round of grants brings the total awarded this school year to $61,403.

Among the grants awarded are $2,500 to support a community-focused school garden project at Hintgen Elementary School, $1,200 for materials for summer school students at Logan Middle School to improve their reading and math skills, and $5,000 to support training a service dog to work with special education and regular classroom students at North Woods Elementary school.

The LPEF also awarded $4,374 to fund six Hintgen teachers to attend the Responsive Classroom workshop this summer in La Crosse. The training will be used to further the school’s ongoing equity initiatives, which focus on practices and systems that help staff use language that reinforces, reminds and redirects student behavior.

The 21 grants were chosen from among 25 applications requesting more than $53,500. Recipients were selected for funding based on creativity, ability to engage students, and the total impact or reach of the project.

“We love seeing how teachers and students put these grants into action in classrooms,” Shawn Dutchin, LPEF board president and a practice operations director for Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare said. “We’re proud to continue increasing funds for classroom grants because they go to the heart of our mission to enhance learning opportunities for students in the School District of La Crosse.”

Grant recipients, along with recipients of additional grants that will be selected next fall, will be honored along with school and community leaders next January at LPEF’s annual Grants Award Luncheon, presented by Festival Foods.

“We love seeing how teachers and students put these grants into action in classrooms.” Shawn Dutchin, LPEF board president

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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