• 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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  • LPEF grant-writing initiative bringing new funds to District

    Students in the School District of La Crosse are benefiting from a range of opportunities – including family nights, classroom library books, choral risers, wireless microphones and adaptive sports equipment – due to a new fundraising effort by the La Crosse Public Education Foundation. Since Spring 2018, LPEF has obtained outside private grant funding totaling […]

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  • Community Foundation approves $25,000 grant for Random Acts of Kindness

    Students in need of clothing, shoes, personal hygiene items, transportation and other basic support will be the beneficiaries of a $25,000 grant awarded to the La Crosse Public Education Foundation (LPEF) by the Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund of the La Crosse Community Foundation. Robert Franke, who died in 2009, and Eleanor, who died […]

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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 provides $4,100 grant to support inspiring trip for black, biracial and multiracial students

    The La Crosse Public Education Foundation is joining with other community organizations and individuals in supporting a trip designed to provide a transformational and inspiring educational experience for some La Crosse middle school students. LPEF has awarded a $4,100 grant to Black Leaders Acquiring Collective Knowledge (BLACK), a nonprofit formed last year with a goal of finding […]

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  • Thank a Teacher Day 2018

    Enjoy photos and links to news coverage of our fourth annual Thank a Teacher Day in La Crosse public schools, held Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Treats were provided via grant support from the La Crosse Community Foundation’s Carol and Duane Taebel Family Fund. RELATED NEWS COVERAGE ‘Thank a Teacher Day’ event held in La Crosse • WKBT •  […]

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  • Grant will help Central special education students with reading, math skills

    A grant awarded to the La Crosse Public Education Foundation will be used to purchase leveled books to help with reading and math skills for special education students at Central High School. The Mary Grace Sieber Fund at the La Crosse Community Foundation recently awarded the $1,000 grant that will go to teachers Dawn Martin […]

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  • Community Foundation grant to LPEF supports new program at North Woods

    The La Crosse Community Foundation has awarded a $21,000 grant to help kick-start the implementation of the International Baccalaureate program at North Woods International Elementary School. The grant was made earlier this year to the La Crosse Public Education Foundation, which applied for the funding in collaboration with the School District of La Crosse. The […]

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  • Innovative effort will address trauma among Northside Elementary students

    An innovative project to help Northside Elementary School students succeed in school and overcome adverse childhood experiences has received a major grant from the Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Foundation. The $10,000 grant to the La Crosse Public Education Foundation (LPEF) will pay about half of the first-year cost of a two-year pilot program at […]

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  • LPEF obtains $4,000 grant from Mary Grace Sieber Fund for special needs seating alternatives

    Students with special needs in the School District of La Crosse will get a chance to test a variety of seating options that allow greater movement and a chance to burn excess energy as a result of a grant obtained by the La Crosse Public Education Foundation. The $4,000 grant was made by the La […]

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