Foundation funds "Innovation in Education"

La Crosse Public Education Foundations awards $46,000

A number of local educators are receiving money to spend in their classroom.

The La Crosse Public Education Foundation awarded more than $46,000 on Monday as classroom innovation grants.

Teachers, students, and other faculty applied for the funds for initiatives that otherwise would not have been able to happen.

They range from innovations in the core subjects, to projects on global cultures, to special enrichment classes.

"With school budgets being what they are, a challenge to say the least, we are very happy to provide money to the teachers who may not be able to do this otherwise," says Tim Riley, Executive Director of the La Crosse Public Education Foundation, "we reward innovation and are very happy and grateful to the many donors who allow us to make this happen."

The money will fund 26 projects this year.

One of those is at Emerson Elementary School, where 3rd grade teacher Abby Ryan has found success letting her students sit on stability balls instead of desk chairs.

"My 3rd graders sit on them and they have great posture, their attention is more focused," says Ryan, "I've used them in the past, but the stability balls I had were getting old and used."

This is the 5th year the foundation has awarded the innovation grants.

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