The Foundation Proudly Presents the 2019 Legacy Award to Mary Bergin!

2019 Legacy Award Winner

Mary Bergin

Each year, the Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools is proud and excited to present their Legacy Award.

The Legacy Award is presented to a citizen or organization that shows exemplary support and commitment to the Foundation’s goal to enhance education with dedication to our community of learners.

Once again, the Board of Directors had an easy and unanimous choice! The Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools 2019 Legacy Award goes to Mary Bergin.

With nearly 40 years of operational, accounting and systems management experience, Mary Bergin currently serves as Vice President of Knitcraft Corporation in Winona, Minnesota. Mary has held management and leadership positions with Knitcraft Corporation since joining the company in 1992, and serves as Corporate Secretary. She is actively involved with, and is a charter member of, the Knitcraft-St. Croix Foundation.

Mary has held numerous leadership roles in the community, including having served as Treasurer for the Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools between 2004 thru 2011 and currently serves on the Investment Committee, is Treasurer for the Great River Shakespeare Festival, Treasurer for the Winona County Red Cross, and board member and Treasurer for

Winona County DAC. She has served on local, state and national board positions for the Institute of Management Accountants, and is currently serving a second term on the WNB Financial Board of Directors.

Mary currently resides in Winona with her husband Larry. They have one daughter, Kristin, who is a Winona Area Public Schools Alumni. In addition to spending time with her family, Mary enjoys genealogy research, making pottery, playing bridge, playing bunko, and travelling the world; she has travelled to 17 countries and all but 7 of the US states.
She believes everyone can give back to their community with their time and talents, which in turn will reap the benefit of tremendous personal growth.

Congratulations to Mary Bergin! Thank you for your great support!

The Foundation for WAPS Announces its 2018 Dare to Dream Winner!

Jen Snook - Dare to Dream Winner

Jen Snook, WMS Technology Integration Specialist, is awarded the Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools 2018 $5000 Dare to Dream grant winner. Jen writes, “The Winona Area Public Schools is moving more and more in a direction of learning through technology to support communication, collaboration, creativity and problem solving. Teachers and students alike seek out authentic experiences and find it ismore important than ever to discover new and engaging ways to learn and teach.”

Jen’s dream is to incorporate virtual and augmented reality into education and training in the classroom to achieve this goal. Jen proposed using the ground-breaking technology of Class VR that immerses students into content in a way that cannot be accomplished in two-dimensional space of paper or a computer screen. The library includes over 700 curriculum-aligned resources which provides content on topics, such as, historical times, habitats and nature, cities and structures, conflicts and disasters, physical features, science and technology, and arts and culture. Beyond the resources included in the set, teachers can create their own virtual reality experiences using 360 degree photos and videos. In addition to the physical components of the set, ClassVR includes online help and on-site technical support.

Virtual reality and augmented reality build on current effective practices of immersing students in cultural, scientific, artistic, and mathematical thinking, in order to experience that content from within and to help understand it to a deeper degree. As an example, through the use of virtual reality, students can “walk-around” inside an animal cell and look around to identify parts of the cell and witness processes up close. They can also “walk along” the Great Wall of China and view the landscape from atop the structure. With augmented reality, students might rotate a 3-dimensional human heart in their personal space as if they have access to the actual object.

Snook sees the ClassVR system as a multi-media approach which enhances what students are seeing in books or Google media. She explains that looking at information in a 3D virtual reality mode helps the students to engage in new and meaningful ways. It is Snook’s hope that this is just the next step toward encouraging lasting learning,

Congratulations Jen Snook for Daring to Dream!

2017 Payroll Deduction Grant Winners!

Payroll Winner: Margaret SchildPayroll Winner: Cindy JohnsonThe Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools is pleased to announce Cindy Johnson and Margaret Schild 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 winners are able to purchase educational materials for their classroom with the grant money that will help them to enrich, expand and enhance learning for our students. Cindy Johnson looks forward to putting the money towards a new cello for her students. Congratulations Cindy and Margaret for giving back to your school.

The Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools Raises over $49,000 for the schools!

Blues And Brews - Over $49,000 Raised!

As we look back on the frosty blue ice of winter, the Foundation for WAPS was too all about the blues with their annual fundraising event this year, “Blues and Brews”. Island City Brewing Company, with their taste sensations of craft beers and Jefferson Pub & Grill with their mouthwatering appetizers, was hosts to our soulful and “bluesy” event. “Blues music is about life-the good parts and the bad parts. At the Foundation for WAPS, we were definitely coming together to celebrate life and the great things happening in public education.

The Foundation and 2017 Event Committee set out on a journey to raise money for Academics, Arts, Athletics and Activities for all Winona Area Public Schools. As a Foundation, we were proud to serve so many needs in this category last year, so we decided to repeat the effort. We can be so proud to partner with the Winona Area Public Schools where our goal is to expand, enrich and enhance education. With the support of so many businesses, individuals, and our two lead sponsors, Merchants Bank and Winona National Bank, we were able to raise over $49,000 to enrich education in the Winona Area Public Schools.

Because of the support of so many, the Foundation for WAPS was able to purchase musical equipment and instruments, reading program books, art supplies, pre-K through 12 educational materials, CPR equipment, Bluetooth speakers, outdoor classroom and recess equipment, learning chairs, broadcasting equipment, and so much more.

Each year the Foundation’s Board of Directors awards the Legacy Award which is presented to a citizen or organization that shows exemplary support and commitment to the Foundation’s goal to enhance education with dedication to our community of learners. The 2017 Legacy Award was presented to Dave Mertes. Dave taught business courses at WSHS for 35 years. He stayed an additional 8 years and helped out in the Athletics and Activities office. He volunteered more hours than can be counted with the Booster Club and served as Treasurer for the last 9 years. He was a key member in raising funds and realizing the dream of the “Wall of Champions” at the WSHS, served on the Foundation for WAPS Board of Directors for six years and remains active on the Foundation for WAPS Alumni Committee. It is with the great support of such wonderful people, like Dave, who keep enriching and enhancing education for our students. Congratulations to Dave Mertes for the Foundation for WAPS 2017 Legacy Award.

In addition, a special thank you is extended to the many sponsors, business donors, silent auction donors, and Event Committee members that gave their time and money to make the 2017 “Blues and Brews” event an overwhelming success.

Again, the Foundation for WAPS is here to support the kids and we couldn’t do it without you! Thank you again for all of the continued support of the Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools. Photos from the event will be posted on our Facebook page. For more information about the Foundation for Winona Area Public schools, contact Shelley Milek.

 

View the Photo Gallery from Blues and Brews

 


Congratulations to Dave Mertes
for the Foundation for WAPS
2017 Legacy Award

Dave Mertes is this year's Legacy Award winner!Each year the Foundation’s Board of Directors awards the Legacy Award which is presented to a citizen or organization that shows exemplary support and commitment to the Foundation’s goal to enhance education with dedication to our community of learners. The 2017 Legacy Award was presented to Dave Mertes. Dave taught business courses at WSHS for 35 years. He stayed an additional 8 years and helped out in the Athletics and Activities office. He volunteered more hours than can be counted with the Booster Club and served as Treasurer for the last 9 years. He was a key member in raising funds and realizing the dream of the “Wall of Champions” at the WSHS, served on the Foundation for WAPS Board of Directors for six years and remains active on the Foundation for WAPS Alumni Committee. It is with the great support of such wonderful people, like Dave, who keep enriching and enhancing education for our students. Congratulations to Dave Mertes for the Foundation for WAPS 2017 Legacy Award.

2016 Payroll Deduction Winners

The Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools is pleased to announce Holly Lecheler and Elizabeth Boettcher 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 winners are able to purchase educational materials for their classroom with the grant money that will help them to enrich, expand and enhance learning for our students. Congratulations Holly and Elizabeth for giving back to your school.

Holly Lecheler and Elizabeth Boettcher - 2016 Payroll Deduction Winners

Holly Lecheler and Elizabeth Boettcher

Payroll Deduction Grant Winners Announced

David Chapman and Steven Norman

David Chapman and Steven Norman

The Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Payroll Deduction grants. Each year, dedicated teachers give back to their school by not only providing quality education, but many of them give back personal money to the Foundation through Payroll Deduction. On an annual basis, the Foundation grants two $250 Payroll Deduction grants to teachers who will be able to use the money to benefit students by purchasing something for their classroom that will enrich learning opportunities for their students. This year’s winners are David Chapman and Steven Norman. Congratulations and thank you for all you do for the Winona Area Public Schools.

2015 Legacy Award Presented to Pauline Knight

Pauline Knight was presented the 2015 Legacy Award

Pauline Knight was presented the 2015 Legacy Award

Each year, at the Foundation’s Gala, we have presented a Legacy Award to a citizen or organization that shows exemplary support and commitment to the Foundation for Winona Area Public School’s goal to enhance education, support Winona Area Public Schools and its students, and show dedication to community.

The foundation’s 2015 Legacy award was presented to Pauline Knight. She was one of a small team of people who recognized years ago the need for the Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools to be formed. She was instrumental in recruiting its first Executive Director, Jim Hanzel, organizing efforts for the foundations beginnings, and so much more. Pauline served as the first recording Secretary of the Foundation. She always knew that the Foundation would be an instrumental tool for making a difference in the lives of students. She explained, “After all, the Foundation is about the kids.”

Thank you, Pauline, for all you have done, and continue to do for the Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools. You are truly a gift!

Payroll Deduction Grant Winners Announced

2014 Payroll Deduction Grant Winners

2014 Payroll Deduction Grant Winners

The Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Payroll Deduction grants. Each year, dedicated teachers give back to their school by not only providing quality education, but many of them give back personal money to the Foundation through Payroll Deduction. On an annual basis, the Foundation grants two $250 Payroll Deduction grants to teachers who will be able to use the money to benefit students by purchasing something for their classroom that will enrich learning opportunities for their students. This year’s winners are Molli Kook and Janet Moeller. Congratulations and thank you for all you do for the Winona Area Public Schools.

2014 Dare to Dream Winner Announced

2014 Dare to Dream Grant Winner

Congratulations to Anne Simon DeBroux for daring to dream with her Vegetable Garden project!

The Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools started this Dare to Dream project as a way to encourage and support the creative spirit within the District. Our goal is to provide an opportunity to apply for a grant to completely fund a new, innovative program that will support new ideas to enhance learning or provide new opportunities for students of the Winona Area Public Schools.

Anne’s dream was to engage in a project where she could bring the entire high school population, community and organized groups together to work on one common goal. Anne applied for the Dare to Dream grant to build and maintain a vegetable garden on the grounds at the Winona Senior High School. What made her idea unique is the level of education she hopes to provide with this project. She hopes to get the entire high school population benefitting by working with agricultural classes using space to grow plants, FACS classes and food services using the fresh fruits and vegetables for snacks and meals, Health classes learning the benefit of growing organically, math classes possibly helping with understanding the dimensional layout, Science classes helping with soil testing, and Special Education helping with growing and caring for the beds. Anne hopes to incorporate a salsa bed within to help teach in World Language classes. She has organizations like Fortitude who have agreed they would make use of the garden beds and gotten expert advice from community members and from the Winona Area Master Gardeners.

Anne is excited to oversee and take responsibility of the general maintenance and care of the garden throughout the entire year, including the summertime months. She plans on compiling volunteers willing to give their time and expertise to the project.

The Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools Board of Directors was impressed with the thought and detail that was put into the request and that it potentially could include the whole WSHS population, multiple classes, and collaboration with different groups and organizations. In addition, the Board thought it was a “Golden Opportunity” to create awareness in our community of education and how the students learn and participate.

Congratulations again Anne, the Foundation looks forward to seeing your project come to life!!!

Look for another Dare to Dream opportunity this Spring!