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HPSF awards more than $67,000 in grants

The Hastings Public Schools Foundation recently awarded more than $67,000 in grant money for District 200 schools. The grants were awarded to Hastings public school teachers in their classrooms Jan. 29.

HPSF supports educational opportunities in District 200 by using the investment earnings from their endowment fund along with other donations to provide grants to educators for a variety of innovative projects and programs.

The grants that were awarded are listed below.

Hastings High School and Hastings Middle School Chromebooks

Several District 200 instructors believe that by giving their students daily access to Chromebooks in their classrooms, with curriculum specific web-based applications, they will enhance their students learning opportunities. HPSF partnered with the educators and District 200 to fund the purchase of Chromebooks and related equipment.

HHS on Cloud 9: Chromebooks in the AP Classroom

Teacher/Staff: Andrew Lutz

Awarded: $8,955

HMS Chromebooks for Online Learning-eighth grade math

Teacher/Staff: Rosario Mollo

Awarded: $3,990

Total project cost: $5,700; District 200 to cover balance.

HMS the Future is Now-sixth grade language arts

Teacher/Staff: Kim Kennealy

Awarded: $13,715.80

Total project cost: $23,583.75; District 200 to cover balance.

HMS Empowering Voices: Using Chromebooks to develop lifelong learners-eighth grade language arts

Teacher/Staff: Kailey Schumacher

Awarded: $4,904.90

Total project cost: $7,007; District 200 to cover balance.

HMS Microsoft Surface Pro

The educators expect to use the Surface Pro technology to transform how they teach in their classrooms. The Surface Pro will allow them to "unplug," moving freely around their classrooms, collaborating and interacting with students.

HMS sixth grade PROfessionals on the Loose- sixth grade math and science department

Teacher/Staff: Ellie Lundstrom

Awarded: $6,872.25

Total project cost: $11,212; District 200 to cover balance.

HHS Cloud-based business education simulations

The HHS Business Education Department helps students learn career skills that will enable them to perform in everyday business activities. The subscription for Knowledge Matters will enhance the curriculum. Simulations provide hours of "real-life" lessons in realistic virtual settings.

HHS Knowledge Matters-Virtual Business simulations for business education

Teacher/Staff: Collin Anderson

Awarded: $3,390 for a 5-year subscription

HHS Industrial Tech

The Raspberry Pi will help students gather first-hand knowledge of how to program, how to be responsible digital citizens, how to encrypt data, the importance of secure and strong passwords, and the importance of strong Wi-Fi.

HHS Pi's for Programming

Teacher/Staff: Erik Dietz

Awarded: $4,350

Osmo iPad game system

Osmo for iPad is an education game system for elementary learners. The system mixes digital apps with real world, hands-on tangible objects such as number tiles, letter tiles, tangrams and coding blocks. Children will have access to learning tools and learn through exploration, trial-and-error, and critical thinking in small groups and individually.

All elementary- tangible learning for all with Osmo

Teacher/Staff: Andy Leiser

Awarded: $6,444.90

Kennedy OSMO for special education

Teacher/Staff: Maria Paulson

Awarded: $3,160

Enhancing and Supplementing Core Curriculum

HHS Trust in the Process

Books will be purchased to support the health curriculum at Hastings High School.

Teacher/Staff: Time Haneberg

Awarded: $3,552

HHS Espace Culturel: Fostering a Love of French Language and Culture through Media

The project will lay the foundation for a media library that houses French language books, CDs, DVDs, games and other materials students can check out and bring home.

Teacher/Staff: Anthony Letourneau

Awarded: $2,300

Total project cost: $2,900; District 200 to cover balance.

HMS Building Resilient Students

Brooks Gibbs will speak at HMS with a message providing students with tools to counter bullies, build better self confidence and develop resiliency.

Teacher/Staff: Lori Best

Awarded: $3,350

HMS Holocaust Speaker

A speaker from World Without Genocide, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, will come in to discuss the Holocaust with HMS eighth grade students.

Teacher/Staff: Addison Filiatreaux

Awarded: $500

All Elementary- Pleasant Hill Partnership

A traveling art exhibit with large-scale, high quality art reproductions will be brought to three elementary sites in Hastings and Pleasant Hill Library. Students will be able to study the exhibit, create their own art based on the featured artist and display their work in a district-wide show at the library.

Teacher/Staff: Kelly Heckendorf

Awarded: $1,750

Total project cost: $2,150; Hastings Public Library to cover balance.

Michelle Wirth

Michelle Wirth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2013 with a degree in journalism and web design. She worked as a web content editor for a trade association before coming to the Hastings Star Gazette in 2016.

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