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La Crosse Public Education Foundation announces 17 grants

Goal is to support programs and projects in the La Crosse School District

Innovation Grants

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Thousands of dollars are headed to innovative projects in the La Crosse School District.

The La Crosse Public Education Foundation announced 17 grants for various projects across the district on Thursday they total $31,000.

The goal is to support programs and projects that encourage creativity, engage students, and give real world experiences.

"This is a way that we are able to foster our classroom and also just encourage teachers and also students can apply for grants, try and get them to think of new, creative, and innovative or even if its a proven practice grant that's been awarded before," said LPEF Board Former President Ann Fowler.

The projects range from maintaining school gardens, to bringing in a speaker to continue the compassion project's goals, and a group working with Dairyland Power.

"To design an unmanned aerial vehicle that could go out and scout power lines for downed power lines in case of a storm, find the fault in the line a little more quickly, and therefore restore power back," said Technology and Engineering Teacher Steve Johnston.

The grant recipients will be honored at a luncheon next month.

The foundation will award a second round of grants in April.

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