The Fund for Academic Excellence gives grants to help meet the ever-changing educational needs of students in the Mid-Prairie School District. Each year, the Fund makes awards for the best new ideas that teachers bring forward to improve classroom and extra-curricular education (e.g., math and sciences; languages and humanities; vocational, performing, and fine arts; etc). In its first two years, ten grants totaling $5,800 were awarded in financial literacy, robotics and coding, musical performance, higher mathematics, agriculture and geography, fine arts, photojournalism, and other subject areas.
The Class of 1966 initiated the Fund in 2016 as part of their 50th graduation celebration and gave it a motto - “Learn, Earn, and Return” – to emphasize the important role that alumni have in the life of a school community.
A fundraising campaign is now under way to expand the grants program from the high school to middle and elementary schools in the district. Alumni, community businesses and organizations, and friends of Mid-Prairie are encouraged to contribute. All donations – large and small – are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated!
Online contributions: Fill out the form below.
Offline contributions: Checks should be made out to Mid-Prairie Foundation. Please indicate “Fund for Academic Excellence” on the memo line. Send contributions to:
Mid-Prairie Foundation / FAE
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Top Left photo: Warren Scarff, Zaiden Reschly and Demetrius Christensen were able to learn and practice coding of virtual robots through a grant provided by the Fund for Academic Excellence. Top Right: Abby Frantz is focused during an algebra class while using Algebra Tiles. The tiles were purchased as a hands on way to set up and balance equations. Students can also visually factor and multiply with the tiles. Above: Parent Meredith Caskey and her mother, Alice Ratzel, enjoy the art projects hanging on a grant-funded display wall/room divider.