• 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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  • Parents, educators among 3 new members of LPEF Board

    Three parents – two with extensive background in education – have been elected to serve on the Board of the La Crosse Public Education Foundation. Andrew Borgert is a data scientist in the Department of Medical Research at the Gundersen Medical Foundation.  He has two daughters in the La Crosse school district, and his wife […]

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  • Remembering Susan T. Hessel: Proceeds from book to benefit LPEF

    LPEF lost a great friend and former Board member in June with the passing of Susan Hessel, who died of breast cancer at the age of 67. Friends donated more than $1,000 to LPEF in memory of Sue, who was a strong advocate for public education, for teachers, for reading and writing, and for kindness. […]

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  • Logan teacher assistant joins LPEF Board

    A teaching assistant at Logan High School is the newest member elected to the Board of the La Crosse Public Education Foundation. Byron Holz has been a teaching assistant for the LaCrossroads program at Logan High School for the last five years. Before returning to the area to care for elderly parents, he taught seventh […]

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  • Mayo physician elected to LPEF Board

    Mark Brumm, a family physician at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, has been elected to serve on the Board of the La Crosse Public Education Foundation. Mark has worked at Mayo in La Crosse since 1996 after completing his residency at the University of Michigan and medical school and undergraduate work at the […]

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  • Leadership Award renamed to honor Richard Swantz, former superintendent and co-founder of LPEF

    The LPEF Board has renamed its annual Leadership Award in honor of Richard Swantz, the longest serving superintendent of schools in La Crosse history and a co-founder of LPEF, who died Oct. 15, 2019 at the age of 84. Initial awards were made Jan. 21 at the annual Grants Award Luncheon. Dick retired as superintendent […]

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  • 2 parents with passion for schools elected to LPEF Board

    Two parents with a passion for schools and a record of involvement in the community have been elected to serve three-year terms on the Board of the La Crosse Public Education Foundation. Angela Erdenberger is the Credit Analyst Supervisor at Coulee Bank, where she has worked for 18 years. She has lived and attended school […]

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  • Inclusive projects for arts and athletics among 27 Gold Star Grants awarded by LPEF

    Funding for adaptive athletic equipment, including sport wheelchairs and inclusive cardio fitness machines, are among 27 grants totaling nearly $44,000 announced Dec. 5 by the La Crosse Public Education Foundation (LPEF). Among the latest Gold Star Grants are projects to help students learn about local African-American history, to experience virtual reality settings across the globe, […]

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  • “Teachers Inspire” will be theme of 2020 Grants Award Luncheon

    Nearly 70 recipients of grants from the La Crosse Public Education Foundation, plus a local business and two individuals, will be honored on Jan. 21, 2020, at the annual LPEF Grants Award Luncheon. The luncheon – presented by Festival Foods – runs from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Cargill Room at The Waterfront, […]

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  • Longfellow “Math Minds” will benefit from special LPEF grant

    Students in Longfellow Middle School 7th-grade classrooms are getting some challenging new math games and materials due to a special grant awarded Dec. 10 by the La Crosse Public Education Foundation. Teachers Kelsey Ferkingstad and Liz Ramsay received the $250 grant from LPEF Administrative Assistant Dawn Hemker. The grant was made possible by LPEF’s Board […]

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