Date: January 23rd, 2018

North Crawford Excellence in Education Grants Awarded

Two projects that will enhance and supplement initiatives in classrooms in the North Crawford Schools received grant funding from the North Crawford Community Excellence in Education Endowment Fund.

Inaugural Excellence in Education grants presented at North Crawford
North Crawford Community Education Foundation board co-chair Rick Busch (far left) and board member Margaret Davidson (far right) presented grants for classroom projects to Amy Geary (NC 1st grade teacher) and Nathan McKittrick (NC math teacher)

Rick Busch, co-chair of the NCCEF advisory board, made the presentations at the January 19 staff training activity. Busch gave a brief history of the formation of the North Crawford Community Education Foundation. He noted that a group of volunteers came together during the 2015-2016 school year to explore options for developing endowments to support scholarships and grants for school projects. That group moved forward with a goal of endowing both an excellence in education and a scholarship fund. Over the course of 2017, 50 businesses/individuals/organizations responded as ‘charter donors’ – giving a minimum of $1000 for these endowments.

Busch presented grant awards totaling $898 for the following initiatives:

• For the 1st grade classroom, as proposed by Amy Geary: four Hokki Stools in support of the Wiggle While We Work project. These stools will provide a flexible seating option for students with varying learning styles and are designed to result in increased student engagement and focus.
• For students in math, grades 6 through 8, as proposed by Nathan McKittrick: materials for the construction of “standing tables” with dry erase tabletops supported by current research that has proven standing rather than sitting corresponds to increased focus and improved memory.

In completing the presentations, Busch noted, “Today is a great day for North Crawford students and staff. And, this is just the beginning. Endowments are built to provide ongoing, everlasting support. These are the inaugural grants. Our goals are to receive applications and make awards on an annual basis and to continue growing these endowments so that the amount available to grant grows on a yearly basis. We want staff to know that they are recognized and appreciated by our community and that it is possible to propose new and creative projects and initiatives. We live in a competitive school environment and it is our desire that by being able to provide support for projects and unique tools, we will keep North Crawford competitive and a great place for our students and staff that lives up to the motto – Large School Opportunities, Small School Values.”

The North Crawford Community Education Foundation has established two (2) endowed funds – a scholarship endowment and an excellence in education endowment. Both are components of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity. For more information, contact advisory board co-chair Rick Busch or Chuck Bolstad or CFSW donor services representative Barb Daus, CFSW (608-778-3344 or Barb@cfsw.org). Donations may be sent to the North Crawford Community Education Foundation (47050 County Rd X, Soldiers Grove WI 54655) or may be made online at www.cfsw.org/give-now/.