Callies wins grant from Education Foundation

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Park kindergarten teacher Amy Callies receievd a grant from the MCPASD Education Foundation on Wednesday.

The Education Foundation announced its six grant winners for the spring 2013 cycle on Wednesday morning. The other staff members selected were West Middleton's Pernille Ripp, Sauk Trail's Anne Gustafson, Kromrey's Kerry Burke, Clark Street's Erich Eifler and Middleton High School's Larry Martin. The grants totaled more than $3,200.

To see photos from the event, please visit the Foundation's Facebook page.

The 2-hour yellow bus tour included stops at the six schools. Seventeen MHS band members played "On Wisconsin" in each of the schools before chair Courtney Ward-Reichard presented each recipient with flowers donated by Copps, a certificate and an Education Foundation pin.

"It was great to have the band members be a part of this,'' Ward-Reichard said. "It made an already special day even more special.''

Callies received a $250 grant to spearhead a project to enhance the Park’s selection of books for K-2 students to take home and use to enhance their reading skills. She was not at school on Wednesday but was honored at an all-school assembly on Friday morning.

"We are thrilled to receive a grant to support our literacy program,'' she said. "We will be purchasing leveled books that will be used to provide a connection between school and home. Students will have the opportunity to take home a book and their level daily to read to their families. This program will provide families with the understanding of the specific literacy skills and strategies their children are learning each day with the immediate opportunity to reinforce student learning in the home.''

In all, the grants should impact approximately 3,000 students in the district.

The grants are the first awarded by the Foundation since it was established in 2011. The Foundation has raised more than $70,000 thanks to generous contributions by corporate partners J.H. Findorff & Son, BMO Harris, HR Imaging and the MGE Foundation. In addition, MCPASD staff members have contributed more than $15,000.

The six recipients will also be honored at the Foundation's inaugural Spring Celebration on Sunday, May 19 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.

A story about all of the grant winners is avaiable on the district website.