Foundation for WAPS Events Raise Over $103,000 for SMART Boards

For Immediate Release: May 29, 2024 For More Information: Luke Merchlewitz, Interim Executive Director 507-494-1004 Luke.Merchlewitz@winona.k12.mn.us May 11 was a busy day for the Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools and its supporters. After two fundraising events in one day, over $103,000 was raised to help purchase new generation SMART Boards in all Winona Area … Read more

2023 Leighton Media Gratitude on Repeat Recipient

Many of the Foundation for WAPS Board members were on hand to proudly accept the Gratitude on Repeat prize from Leighton Media and their General manager, Brian Sines. The Gratitude on Repeat award goal is to offer a give-back advertising campaign in the communities served by Leighton Broadcasting. Each winner is granted a free advertising … Read more

Miller Scrap & Disposal Gives Back

Thank you Miller Scrap & Disposal for your $1500 check from your Community Give Back Program. It will help the Foundation for WAPS to further expand our mission which is to enrich and expand educational opportunities in our public schools. Pictured are Winona Area Public School alumni Scott Pozanc, Tim Englerth, Luke Merchlewitz and Jeremy … Read more

Congratulations to Jerry Benedict for Daring to Dream with a WSHS School Store

Jerry Benedict

Jerry Benedict wants his students to have the machines and tools needed to create items for a school store. The Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools wants to help make it happen. Benedict, an Industrial Technology instructor at the Winona Senior High School, was awarded the Foundation’s Dare to Dream grant for his idea to … Read more

2023 Foundation for WAPS Payroll Deduction Winners!

Audrey Mercier, WMS Educational Assistant and Jed Reisetter, WSHS Special Education teacher

The Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools is pleased to announce Audrey Mercier, WMS Educational Assistant and Jed Reisetter, WSHS Special Education teacher as this year’s Payroll Deduction grant winners! Each year the Foundation for WAPS chooses two, $250 grant winners from a pool of Winona Area Public Schools staff members who give to the … Read more

Milek Passes Executive Director Baton to Merchlewitz

For Immediate Release: June 07, 2023 For More Information: Shelley Milek, Executive Director 507-494-1004 Shelley.Milek@winona.k12.mn.us After almost 12 years of service to the Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools, Shelley Milek will step down as Executive Director, effective August 31. Milek will “pass the baton” to current Foundation for WAPS board president and retired educator, … Read more

The Foundation for WAPS Goes Modern for SMART Boards and raises over $86,000!

As Foundation for Winona Area Public School guests entered Visions Event Center on February 25th, they were dazzled with a clean streamlined architectural style, neutral black and white color palette and geometric shapes and asymmetry all to raise money for SMART Boards for our schools.  Those attending got in the modern spirit dressing and simultaneously … Read more

2022 Foundation for WAPS Payroll Deduction Winners!

The Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools is pleased to announce Terri Spartz, WMS Language Arts Teacher and Samantha Wagner, WSHS School Counselor, as this year’s Payroll Deduction grant winners!!! Each year the Foundation for WAPS chooses two, $250 grant winners from a pool of Winona Area Public Schools staff members who give to the … Read more

2021 Payroll Deduction Winners!

The Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools is pleased to announce Karen Whitney-Thrune and Tim Gleason as this year’s Payroll Deduction grant winners!!! Each year the Foundation for WAPS chooses two, $250 grant winners from a pool of Winona Area Public Schools staff members who give to the Foundation through Payroll Deduction. The staff grant … Read more