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The Waukesha Education Foundation (WEF) held a reception at the Clarke Hotel on Thursday, June 9, 2016 to announce the awarding of 26 grants to the educators of the School District of Waukesha.  After an overwhelming response to grant requests, the WEF Board was able to distribute close to $30,000 in funds to 21 different schools.  “The need for funding of innovative programs continues to grow every year as the educators in School District of Waukesha find ways to bring excitement to the classroom,” said Sally Michalko, President of Waukesha Education Foundation.

In addition to announcing the grant awards, 70 guests were entertained by a combined Waukesha West/Waukesha South ensemble conducted by Jaime Dringenburg and Courtnay Gildersleeve.  Christine Allen, a scholar-athlete graduating from West High School spoke of the value of an education from the School District of Waukesha, and Todd Gray, Superintendent of the School District of Waukesha, shared highlights and successes of the innovative programs being used at the five charter schools, the seven magnet schools, and the four school programs within a school – as well as successes found every day in the District.  Mark Ziegler, WEF Board Member, announced the WEF goal to grow the education endowment fund to $2 million by 2020 and to $5 million by 2025 to help fund classroom innovation and other District initiatives.

“A $5 million endowment would allow the WEF Board to distribute close to $225,000 annually to the classrooms of the School District of Waukesha to help drive innovation and bring added resources to learning,” said Mark Ziegler, WEF Board Member.  This supports WEF’s mantra of Strong Schools = Strong Businesses = Strong Communities.

To learn more about how to donate to the Waukesha Education Foundation Endowment, please go to their website, www.waukeshaeducationfoundation.org, or to set up a personal appointment, call the WEF office at 262.970.1143.

Since its inception, WEF has granted close to $200,000 to support projects and initiatives that directly benefit the students of the School District of Waukesha.  Through fundraising efforts such as the Bob Duckett Memorial Golf Outing and our annual Family Fun Walk and Run, the WEF relies on donations from the community to further the educational experiences of Waukesha students.  To donate, please go to our website www.waukeshaeducationfoundation.org.

For more information please Contact:  

Mark Ziegler

414-651-3150

mwziegler@wi.rr.com

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