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It’s time to celebrate our students by Steve Fiebiger, Foundation 191 Board President
Each year at this time schools start to wind down for end of the year events and activities. The time brings opportunities for graduating seniors while staff and students plan for next year.
This year is no different, but there are some changes in the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District this spring. As president of the board of Foundation 191, the school district’s educational foundation, I thought I would share news of upcoming events involving the foundation and recognize some of our year-long projects in the Savage community.
Since 2007, Foundation 191 has awarded grants to schools for projects in the school district. Grant applications are solicited in early spring and reviewed for selection each May. The grant applications for 2017-18 close on May 8 and information about the process is available on the foundation’s website. The grant projects selected for next year will be announced at the regular meeting of the Burnsville-Eagan Savage School Board on May 25.
Since the grant program started, Foundation 191 has awarded 81 grants across the district. All grant projects are for the benefit of students in the schools in the district, thereby allowing the funds to directly benefit our community. The projects have been a huge success and you may be familiar with them. Here are the grant projects occurring this school year in Savage:
1.) Whaletale Publishing Center: This grant to Marion W. Savage Elementary School allowed students to design, write and publish their own books in the MWS Whaletale Publishing Center. Kindergartners and first-grade students now have published works and the first publishing parties have taken place. By all reports, and smiles of the students, it has been a big success.
2.) Harriet Bishop Service Club: This grant project is a continuation of one that Foundation 191 proudly helped jumpstart. The service club was formed and led by students, is active at Harriet Bishop Elementary School, the Savage community, and has spawned other service clubs in the school district.
3.) One91 Discover Swim: This grant was developed by the district’s Community Education department and provides access for students with the greatest need who have not had access to swim lessons. The program allows students in grades 3-5 to be picked up at Hidden Valley Elementary School and brought to Eagle Ridge Middle School for swimming lessons following American Red Cross standards.
4.) Lights, Camera, Action: This grant project at M.W. Savage Elementary School allowed budding broadcasters the opportunity to operate a digital video studio. The studio is intended for students to enhance morning announcements, enhance professional development, and allow students to deliver news and announcements. The foundation grant facilitated the purchase of necessary camera equipment.
Kudos to staff and volunteers who thought outside the box to create these worthwhile projects. Current and past grants are listed on the foundation’s website at www.foundation191.org.
Foundation 191 raises funds through individual and corporate donations, as well as fundraisers, including the Grapes and Grains event, the Dan Patch Days race, and an annual golf tournament at Crystal Lake Golf Club. Volunteers are welcome.
Each spring, Burnsville High School holds its awards ceremony at the Mraz Center at the high school where graduating seniors are recognized for achievements inside and out of the classroom. The event marks the occasion for awarding dozens of community scholarships donated by families, civic organizations, and businesses recognizing seniors for outstanding service and performance.
Until this year, the scholarship program had been managed by the high school. This year the awards program will be held on May 15, but managed by Foundation 191. The transition has been challenging, time-consuming, and involved more than a simple “hand-off.” I am happy to report, however, that the scholarship award applications have been reviewed, and worthy candidates selected by a careful, independent and objective process. Foundation 191 is proud to be a part of this important and exciting event.
Foundation 191 takes pride in enhancing, enriching and expanding educational opportunities for students. Our community is better off for it.
Steve Fiebiger is one of several people in the Savage community who write for Community Voices – a column appearing weekly in the opinion and commentary section of the Savage Pacer.Back to Top
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