Rotary awards 11 grants
Projects submitted by Waupaca teachers
The Waupaca Breakfast Rotary Club awarded 11 education grants totaling $7,407 for projects submitted by Waupaca school teachers.
Funding from the Rotary Education Grant Program will support five projects for the high school, two for the middle school, two projects for the elementary schools and two projects for special education.
The high school projects will provide robotics equipment for the physics and pre-calculus classes, cross-country skis for the physical education department, mural art framing materials, plus funding for the Student At Risk program and the Rube-Goldberg Competition.
Aerospace science lab equipment and funds to expand the school’s library of child-friendly plays, stories and poems were approved for the Waupaca Middle School.
The two elementary school projects approved were materials to enhance STEM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and a mathematics program to be used for kindergarten through second grade.
The special education teachers were awarded funds for ball chair seating and sensory items to help meet student needs.
Three key fundraisers – the Rotary Summer Concert, the Rotary Oktoberfest and the February Night of Romance Dance – supply the dollars needed for Rotary Education Grants plus other educational programs – student scholarships, student international exchange programs, high school music department enhancements, student community service recognition programs and youth education seminars.
“Actively supporting education in the Waupaca area is a key mission of the Rotary Club” said Wes Klages, Education Grant Program chairman. “The objective of the grant program is to award a moderate amount of funding for projects that can provide a significant benefit to student education; projects that otherwise might not be possible. Over the seven years of the program we’ve been able provide $68,451 to fund 72 projects proposed by Waupaca teachers.”