Education Foundation wins grant

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The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District Education Foundation was awarded a Community Impact Challenge Grant from the Madison Community Foundation on Friday, Oct. 18.

The grant is a 2-for-1 match. The school district has until Dec. 31, 2012 to raise $70,000. If it does, the Madison Community Foundation will provide a $35,000 grant to the MCPASD Education Foundation.

“We have an incredible opportunity to partner with parents, community members, businesses, alumni and others through this grant,’’ MCPASD Superintendent Don Johnson said. “The Education Foundation is a fabulous organization to tap into resources and enhance and expand opportunities for our children.

“It won’t come without effort, but we’re excited to work with our staff and community to generate ideas about how to best utilize the foundation.’’

Nine projects were funded this fall, said Tom Linfield, vice president for grantmaking and community initiatives for the Madison Community Foundation. The MCPASD Education Foundation received the only endowment challenge grant, he said.

MCF awarded more than $1.2 million in grants this fall. More information on all of the grants is available in the MCF November online newsletter.

A Steering Committee met this week to continue work on the mission and vision along with potential programs and priorities for the district’s Education Foundation. A staff and retiree giving campaign is expected to begin early in 2012.

The MCPASD Education Foundation submitted its grant proposal in early September.

“This is great news and should generate excitement within our staff and in our community,’’ said Perry Hibner, the district’s Education Foundation and Community Relations specialist. “We want to continue to provide amazing experiences for children, parents and staff in our district and this will only help.’’

The honor is also garnering media attention. An article was in the Oct. 27 edition of the Middleton Times-Tribune and there was a story on the Channel 3000 Middleton Community page.

The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District is located in south central Wisconsin and encompasses 68 square miles and eight municipalities. There are 10 schools, a newly formed 4K program and more than 6,000 students in the district.

The Madison Community Foundation has been serving individuals and non-profit institutions for 69 years. The MCF trust has more than $130 million in total assets.

"Excellence in schools is the foundation of excellence in the community, and this endowment will facilitate extra-curricular programs essential in providing the highest standard of education," Madison Community Foundation President Kathleen Woit said.