Gustafson wins grant from Education Foundation

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Sauk Trail art teacher Anne Gustafson received 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 who received grants were Park's Amy Callies, West Middleton's Pernille Ripp, 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.''

Gustafson received a $300 grant for an Environment-in-Art project. During the project, students will create photos, drawings, paintings or poems based on their exploration of the environment around their school. The grant will support the purchase of digital camera equipment, photo printing and materials for display.

"I am very honored to have my grant proposal accepted,'' she said. "I am looking forward to working with our wonderful and very creative Sauk Trail students to put together drawings, paintings and poetry celebrating the beautiful area around our school."

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 the grant winners is available on the district website.