• LPEF announces $400,000 campaign for Random Acts of Kindness endowment

    Schoolchildren with basic needs for clothing, school supplies, eyeglasses, hygiene supplies or help affording fees for field trips will benefit from a new endowment fund created by the La Crosse Public Education Foundation (LPEF). For more than 20 years, LPEF has provided Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) funds to La Crosse public schools, allowing school […]

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  • Two “Superhero Teachers” honored with grants for classrooms

    Two “Superhero Teachers” from the School District of La Crosse were each awarded a $250 grant to use in their classrooms, funded by the La Crosse Public Education Foundation’s Tom and Jean Heyt Thompson Endowment. Jocelyn Buxton of Spence Elementary School and Ann Yehle of the Integrated Supports program were chosen in a random drawing […]

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  • Dick Swantz, former superintendent and co-founder of LPEF, dies at age 84

    Richard Swantz, the longest serving superintendent of schools in La Crosse history and a co-founder of the La Crosse Public Education Foundation, died Oct. 15, 2019 at the age of 84. Services will be held Oct. 28-29. Read the full obituary here. Swantz retired as superintendent in 1998 after serving 21 years. His tenure was […]

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  • Randy and Lynn Nelson create LPEF endowment fund

    Grants will support physical fitness, servant leadership and character development Superintendent of Schools Randy Nelson and his wife Lynn have announced plans to create an LPEF endowment fund that will generate annual grants to encourage physical fitness, or servant leadership skills and character development. At the District’s annual Back-to-School event Aug. 29, Nelson was joined […]

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  • Recognition for La Crosse teachers and staff funded by new Tom and Jean Heyt Thompson Endowment

    Two La Crosse school teachers were surprise recipients Aug. 29 of school grants supported by a new endowment fund of the La Crosse Public Education Foundation. The new endowment — created by education-loving community philanthropists Tom and Jean Heyt Thompson — will provide permanent support for recognition programs for teachers and staff in the School […]

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  • Teacher appreciation efforts in La Crosse schools receive permanent support from new Carol Taebel “Thank a Teacher” Fund

    Carol Taebel has fond memories of her childhood years growing up in the Chicago area, and says she “had a wonderful 4th grade teacher” named Mrs. Kelly. “For years afterward, I wanted to be a 4th grade teacher.” After moving to La Crosse nearly 50 years ago, Carol fulfilled that dream and became an elementary […]

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  • LPEF sets Nov. 1 dinner to celebrate 30 years of grants to La Crosse educators

    Celebrate 30 years of classroom innovation grants awarded by the La Crosse Public Education Foundation! LPEF has set Thursday, Nov. 1 for a special dinner to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the first grants awarded by the foundation. The dinner will be held at the La Crosse Country Club, 300 Marcou Road in Onalaska, with […]

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  • New fund in memory of former teacher Claire Jandt supports Northside Elementary library

    A new endowed fund will help Northside Elementary School students discover the joy of reading through a grant to be awarded in perpetuity. The fund with the La Crosse Public Education Foundation was established in memory of Claire E. Jandt, who died June 5 at the age of 70.  Claire received her Bachelor of Science […]

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  • ‘Gold Star Grants’ awarded totaling $29,000 for schools

    LPEF support for innovation in classrooms totals more than $70,000 for school year Support for virtual reality software and hardware, school gardens, weight room improvements, a community visit by an award-winning author, ice fishing equipment and a special jazz arrangement for a middle school ensemble are among 15 grants totaling almost $29,000 announced April 10 […]

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  • New LPEF endowment to support grants for arts and humanities

    A new endowment fund will give teachers in the School District of La Crosse an incentive to develop innovative programs in the arts and humanities. Rachel Gundersen, a retired school psychologist and former president of the Board of the La Crosse Public Education Foundation (LPEF), has established an endowment through a generous gift to LPEF. […]

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