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La Crosse Public Education Foundation holds annual luncheon

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David Stoeffler David Stoeffler
La Crosse, WI (WXOW) -

A grants award luncheon took place Monday afternoon in the Cargill Room at The Waterfront.  

The doors opened at 11 a.m. with lunch being served at 11:30 followed by a program, which concluded at 12:30 p.m.

David Stoeffler, Executive Director of the La Crosse Public Education Foundation said a record 240 people were in attendance with more than 60 teachers being honored for their work and grant requests this year. 

"We really are all about, we're providing the extra things that school district tax payers either can't afford or really wouldn't be expected to afford. So our grants are really to provide students with those sort of enhanced experiences, the sorts of things that you wouldn't otherwise be able to do," said Stoeffler.

The total volume of grants was about $50,000, an amount that is up from last year thanks to the support from community sponsors.

"We have several grants that relate to classroom equipment for instance. Different things that teachers want to try to keep their students involved and keep them focused. There are a lot of extracurriculars in terms of bringing in visiting artists or musicians. There are field trips that are involved, so a whole variety of things like that," added Stoeffler. 

In addition to grant recipients, the La Crosse Public Education Foundation recognized 3 special award winners. 

  • Corporate Partner in Education: The Insurance Center
  • Distinguished Service Award: Jerry Kember, former Superintendent of Schools
  • Leadership Award: Jeff Fleig, Principal at Central High School 

The keynote speaker was Thomas Thibodeau, Distinguished Professor of servant leadership and Director of the Master of Arts in servant leadership at Viterbo University. 

This luncheon was presented by Festival Foods. 

MORE INFORMATION: La Crosse Public Education Foundation

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