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School Grant Winners 2017

We’re thrilled to announce the 2017 recipients of our school grant program, and our Endowment Fund grant winner!  The real winners? The thousands of kids who will benefit from these initiatives.

This year, we reviewed 13 proposals.  We focused on innovative and inclusive projects that would benefit the greatest number of students, while staying focused on our mission of increasing physical activity and emotional health of kids in our community.

As a reminder, school grants come from the 25% bucket of race entry fees that we receive each year.  In previous years, this was our Adopted School program, where we gave 5% of our race entry fee revenue to five different schools each year.  These schools had the highest number of economically disadvantaged students, and we hoped that this boost would lead to higher annual participation.  We modified this program to help us develop deeper relationships with our grantees.

Congratulations to our winners, who will receive their checks at next week’s Honors Night celebration!

To learn more about how you can support our grant programs, please consider a donation to our Endowment Fund.  Donate here or contact katie@tri4schools.org for more information.

  • Endowment Fund Grant

    • Winner: Madison Waldorf School
    • Project: Construction of a multi-component play structure designed by the 5th grade students of the school. The students will be building the structure during their woodworking class with the help of their teacher. Parents of 5th graders and other volunteers will help with construction during school building and grounds work days.  They are hard at work on this project already!

Madison Waldorf School playground

  • School Grants

    • Taylor Prairie Elementary: Taylor Prairie will be implementing mindfulness curriculum and equipment into all of their classrooms, helping their students combat anxiety or elevated emotional behaviors for optimal classroom learning.  They will be purchasing a full classroom set of Yoga mats, blocks, instructional materials, and balance fitness equipment that are needed to incorporate a unique Yoga learning experience for their students.  As part of this project, they will be renovating their resource room with equipment for students who need a learning break to self-regulate.
    • Mount Horeb Middle School: We are providing funding to install an outdoor fitness circuit on school grounds that kids can use before/after school, during recess, and during physical education classes.MHMS fitness equipment
    • Midvale Elementary: We will help continue the swimming program for all second grade students.  Midvale partners with the West YMCA for four sessions!  Check out the awesome video below for highlights of this program.

Remember, we’re also hoping to support two projects on Giving Tuesday (11/28):

  1. Purchasing a new set of rollerblades for the Verona Area elementary schools
  2. Purchasing a set of scooters for John Muir Elementary.

To support these efforts, please donate HERE.  We need to reach our goal of $7,500 in NEW gifts (from new donors, or increases in donations from current donors) by EOD Tuesday to support these projects!

john muir scooters

Want to see your school’s project here next year?  Applications are accepted starting October 1, 2018.