Schools get $62,000 in grants from GEF


MEMBERS OF THE GRAFTON EDUCATION FOUNDATION recently awarded nearly $62,000 in grants to the Grafton School District. Shown at a check presentation during the June 24 School Board meeting were (from left) Mike Donahue of the foundation, School Board President Paul Lorge, foundation members Michelle Bigler, Tammy Taylor and Amanda Brennan, School Board member Steve Nauta, foundation members Bob Hoffman and Chris Hogan and School Board members John Scolman, Jo Maehl, Carrie Walls and Jerry Rossi.
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

The Grafton Education Foundation has awarded 10 grants to local schools for the 2019-20 academic year. 

The grants, which total nearly $62,000, will  benefit all schools and grade levels.

Members of GEF presented a check to the School Board during its June 24 meeting. 

“We are so excited to provide this kind of support for the Grafton School District,” GEF President Michelle Bigler said.

“Our foundation works hard to engage the community in support of our schools. We hear so many inspiring stories about how these grants impact students and make for an electric learning environment. 

“Thank you to everyone who supported GEF over the past year, making these grants possible.” 

Grafton School District Supt. Jeff Nelson said, “We are fortunate to have GEF supporting our students.”  

The 2019-2020 GEF grants include:

• $14,550 for new digital lighting in the district auditorium. 

• $5,639 for John Long Middle School math classes to participate in coding enrichment activities. 

• $5,525 to the science department at John Long Middle School for students to collect and analyze data. 

• $2,829 for powerful microscopes for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) classes at Grafton High School. 

• $4,715 for Grafton High School’s biomedical science program for data collection sensors. 

• $5,522 for the Grafton High School Fab Lab to purchase a direct-to-garment printer.

• $5,781 for flexible furniture in Grafton High School chemistry and physics classrooms to encourage student collaborations. 

• $8,574 for flexible furniture for math classrooms at Grafton High School.

• $3,757 for transportable risers for the choir at Kennedy Elementary school.

• $4,914 for Woodview and Kennedy elementary schools to get a 3-D printer.

During the past nine years, GEF has awarded 80 grants totaling more than $300,000.

For more information, visit  www.GraftonEducationFoundation.org and click “Grants/2019.”

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