Recent Posts from the La Crosse Public Education Foundation

  • Students dive into new books provided through Give-a-Gift fundraiser

    Students at Southern Bluffs Elementary School received a special treat on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 3, as staff from the La Crosse Public Library delivered boxes of books for 4th-grade classrooms. The books were purchased through the unique collaboration between the Library, the School District of La Crosse and the La

  • 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

  • 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

  • LPEF called “a lifeline” for educators in La Crosse schools

    In new podcasts, teachers say LPEF’s “sole mission is to make school better for kids” Leading teachers in the School District of La Crosse are sharing their thoughts about the La Crosse Public Education Foundation in a new series of podcasts. The Gold Star Educators podcast series gives listeners an

  • 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

  • Share love of reading through Library’s “Give-a-Gift” event Nov. 8

    Help instill a love of reading in La Crosse school students at this year’s “Give-a-Gift” event at the La Crosse Public Library on Nov. 8. For the second year, the Library is partnering with the School District of La Crosse and the La Crosse Public Education Foundation to provide books

  • 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

  • Nearly $36,000 raised for LPEF at 7th Bowtie Classic

    A day of fun and fundraising was on tap Saturday, Aug. 31 at the seventh Charlie Miller Bowtie Classic Golf Outing and Knowledge Open. Nearly $36,000 was raised after expenses as 110 golfers teed off at the event that benefits the La Crosse Public Education Foundation. Our 2019 presenting sponsor

  • 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

  • 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