The Saint Louis Park Public Schools & Community Foundation has announced $10,000 in emergency grants. Most of the 41 requests, which maxed out at $250 cover the cost of supplies or equipment to support in-person and distance learning and student social-emotional development during covid.
"We were looking for a way to support students and staff with immediate needs. Our teachers have really risen to the challenge, and these small awards help demonstrate that we appreciate what they are doing to adapt" said Ingrid Culp.
Examples include books for classrooms, e-books for media centers, subscriptions for online resources and materials to help alleviate anxiety. Students of all grades preK-12th grade will benefit from the grants, as well as students with special learning needs.
Park Public Schools & Community Foundation was formed in 2020, out of a merger between the St. Louis Park Public Schools Foundation and the St. Louis Park Community & Youth Fund. Ingrid Culp and Lisa Stein were appointed Co-Chairs of the new board.
"The merger of the two foundations could not have come at a better time. As one Foundation, we will be better positioned to support the needs of children in St. Louis Park, both during and outside of the school day. The merger creates opportunities for increased impact at a time when children, parents, teachers and the community have great needs," said Stein.
The new Foundation will fund efforts to enhance student achievement and opportunities in the St. Louis Park public schools and to enrich community programs for youth through grants to local nonprofits. Examples of past grants can be found online at https://www.slppscf.org/how-we-help.html