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Schools receive $19,750 in grants [UPDATED]

Published 9:33am Wednesday, October 16, 2013 Updated 11:34am Wednesday, October 16, 2013

For The Journal

The 544 Education Foundation awarded $19,750 in grants to the Fergus Falls School District at its Oct. 10 board meeting.

The Foundation received 21 grant requests totaling over $30,000.

With a $20,000 budget, they were able to fund 19 at either full or partial amounts.

The grants awarded are as follows:

• $200 for art supplies for the Kennedy Secondary School Middle School Art Club

• $250 for 6 walkie-talkies for the Middle School noon supervisors/office staff

• $355.33 for 20 balance balls (to be used as chairs) for the Lakes Area Education Center

• $410 for the Activslate technology to be used in three 6th grade math classes

• $414 for 24 sets of headphones for two 2nd grade classrooms

• $500 for incentive items for an EBD classroom at Roosevelt Education Center

• $500 for building materials for the FIRST Robotics Team

• $500 for expenses for the Senior Recognition/Hall of Fame Ceremony

• $637.50 for copper jewelry making supplies for the Kennedy Secondary School Art Department

• $710.91 for a water distiller boiler for the Kennedy Secondary School Science Department

• $757.85 for mufflers and repair manuals (to supplement 18 small engines) for the Industrial Technology Department

• $940.95 for 60 choir robes for the Kennedy Secondary School Choral Department

• $1000 for incentives for students enrolled with iQ Academy (the Fergus Falls School District’s online school)

• $1500 to replace old Dr. Suess books and buy new titles for the Cleveland Elementary School library

• $1700 for before- and after-school homework help at Cleveland Elementary School

• $2000 for Otter Preschool Scholarships

• $2243.95 for five iPad 2’s, cases, and apps for blind/visually impaired students

• $2368.67 for speech therapy “Theme Boxes” and corresponding libraries/manipulatives at McKinley Elementary School

• $2760 for “Listening Centers” with audio books for the Kindergarten Classes at McKinley Elementary School

If you have questions about any of the grants or would like more information, please contact Mindy Fuder at 218-998-0544, Ext. 2621.

For a complete listing of grants awarded since 2000, please visit

Help the Foundation reach its goal of 500 new members over the next five years.

All new members will receive a free gift.

You can become a member of the Foundation for as little as $25.

The more memberships they have, the more grants they’ll be able to fund.

Checks can be sent to: 544 Education Foundation, 518 Friberg Avenue, Fergus Falls, MN 56537

Online donations can also be made by going to

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