• 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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  • Tom Thompson, Kelly Krieg-Sigman elected to LPEF Board

    Tom Thompson and Kelly Krieg-Sigman, two community leaders with long records of support for public education, have been elected to the Board of Directors for the La Crosse Public Education Foundation. Kelly Krieg-Sigman recently retired after 16 years as director of the La Crosse Public Library, and after more than 30 years as a library […]

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  • Nearly $18,000 added to Swantz Fund, providing perpetual support for teacher training

    A fundraising campaign led by retired Superintendent of Schools Richard Swantz has added almost $18,000 to an endowment fund dedicated to perpetual support for teacher training in the School District of La Crosse. More than 60 donors contributed to the La Crosse Public Education Foundation (LPEF) through the campaign launched last fall. As a result, […]

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  • Brad Quarberg raises $5,037 for LPEF and music education programs

    Music programs in La Crosse public schools will get a major boost due to the fundraising efforts of Brad Quarberg and the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra’s “Conductor Wannabe” competition. Quarberg won the chance to conduct “Pomp and Circumstance” at the June 8 concert of the Symphony by finishing in second place in this year’s fundraising […]

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  • Amanda Westphal elected to LPEF Board

    A wellness education specialist with Gundersen Health System has been elected to the Board of the La Crosse Public Education Foundation. Amanda Westphal is a staff member in the Office of Population Health at Gundersen, where she has worked for three years. Her focuses are behavior change for healthier outcomes and community relations. Amanda is a […]

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  • Outdoor experiences, virtual reality system top list of $36,384 in Gold Star Grants

    Funding for snowshoes, equipment for a field research camp and money to provide a full-day of outdoor experiences for special education students are among 24 grants totaling more than $36,000 announced today by the La Crosse Public Education Foundation (LPEF). Among the latest Gold Star Grants are projects for virtual reality equipment for use at […]

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  • $40,300 in Gold Star Grants awarded to support innovation in La Crosse schools

    LPEF awards 24 “Gold Star Grants” in first round for 2018-19 school year West African drums for elementary school music rooms, a yearlong archaeology project to study early Native American cultures of our area, and partnerships to help parents improve relationships with their children are among 24 grants totaling more than $40,000 announced Dec. 4 […]

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  • Adopt-a-School program highlights LPEF Grants Award Luncheon on Jan. 18

    The importance of community involvement in the La Crosse public schools, including the new Adopt-a-School program that matches businesses and other organizations with specific schools, will be the theme of the annual Grants Award Luncheon hosted by the La Crosse Public Education Foundation (LPEF). The event is a celebration of innovation in the School District […]

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  • LPEF celebrates 30 years of grants to spur innovation in La Crosse classrooms

    The La Crosse Public Education Foundation is celebrating an important milestone: 30 years since it first began awarding grants to teachers in La Crosse public schools. In that time, the Foundation has provided about 650 grants to teachers, students and community members working in our schools. The grants have touched every school and every program […]

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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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