CSCS awarded $1,000 grant from Middleton Endowment

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Multiple District schools benefited from grants announced by the Middleton Endowmen (ME) committee earlier this month.

ME awarded grants to Clark Street Community School, Junior Achievement and Tri 4 Schools as part of its 2016 spring cycle. The grants were announced at the Middleton Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Get Moving Middleton breakfast meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn on Friday, June 3.

All three organizations were awarded a maximum grant of $1,000. It is the first time in Middleton Endowment’s history that every grant awarded was for the full amount.  

Clark Street Community School, a project-based charter school for students in grades 9-12 in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District, received funds to provide scholarships for low-income students for a trip to New York City in 2017. Students will develop personal learning plans, design projects and report on financial and stock market concepts.

Approximately 20 students participated in the inaugural trip in 2016. The grant was written by Jason Pertzborn.

Junior Achievement, the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy through hands-on programs, received a grant that will help two District classes. In all, Junior Achievement provided programming to 26 classrooms and nearly 600 MCPASD students in 2015-16.

Tri 4 Schools was founded in 2011, and encourages children ages 3-14 to live a healthy and active lifestyle through after-school fitness programs and swimming, biking and running events.  It received funds to help sponsor its sixth annual Middleton Triathlon, which will take place on Aug. 20. All entry fees are re-directed back to the schools that participants attend to promote wellness initiatives and purchase equipment.  

“The Middleton Endowment was delighted with the quality of grants reviewed this cycle,’’ ME chair Dan Loichinger said. “I am proud of the contributions ME has made to the Middleton area. We continue to work to grow our endowment fund and your contributions will help us make a greater impact and provide more and larger grants to deserving organizations.”

Since 2009, ME has handed out more than $41,000 in grants to more than 40 organizations.

The ME Advisory Committee considers grant applications twice each year, and the next deadline is Oct. 31. MCE typically awards grants in the $250 to $1,000 range. The committee plans to hand out at least $4,500 in the fall.

ME is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the Middleton area for present and future generations. ME is an affiliate fund of Madison Community Foundation. Since its inception in 2009, ME has raised more than $150,000 for its endowment fund.

ME was formally known as the Middleton Community Endowment until 2015. The organization’s motto is “Good Neighbors Doing Good Works.’’

Besides Loichinger, other members of the advisory committee include vice chair-secretary Curtis Fuszard, Nicole Broyles, Dan Chart, Adrianne Machina, Josh Marron, Cathy Riddle and MCPASD Communications Director Perry Hibner.