Central High School construction students built two picnic tables that are ADA compliant for the Special Education Department at Prairie Winds Middle School. The Educare Foundation Initiative Grant allowed Central High School to buy the tools and equipment needed to build these picnic tables. The students also built tool cabinets to store their new tools and equipment.

The students in Caleb Watson’s construction class have been busy working on other projects that include: framing of floors and walls, installing sub-flooring, wiring, drywall installation, installing flooring and also designing and installing their own tiled backsplash.

Mrs. Trnka’s First Grade Class had a fun time during their Healthy Food Unit funded by an Educare Mini Grant. Mrs. Trnka was able to purchase the food and have 40 students try five different recipes. The feedback from the parents was great as they were excited that their kids were trying new fruits and vegetables at home because of what they tried in class!

Educare funded an Ed Waltman Mini Grant to 6th grade teachers, Andrea Dallman and Alexandra Christian, to fund 70 copies of Soldier’s Heart novella to split between classrooms at Prairie Winds Middle School (PWMS). Soldier’s Heart: Being the Story of the Enlistment and Due Service of the Boy Charley Goddard in the First Minnesota Volunteers is a historical war novella written by a local Minnesota author, Gary Paulsen.

Funding also included a ration package, hat and copper bucket to compliment the theme of the book.

Educare funded a grant request from Mr. Shores, GTT and Vex advisor at Prairie Winds Middle School (PWMS), to purchase a VEX Robotics practice field and to continue robotics education for our junior high students.

In February 2017, our PWMS team won the Middle School VEX Robotics State Tournament and will move on to the VEX Worlds Competition in April.

Mankato West High School also qualified for the VEX Worlds Competition in April, which makes five teams out of 100 that competed in the State Tournament that will be representing Mankato schools at Worlds Competition!

Students and staff members have the opportunity to participate in Breakout activities through an Educare grant that Mrs. Healy received from Dakota Meadows Middle School.

What is a Breakout? 
BreakoutEDU is a game that has students and staff thinking critically using problem-solving and troubleshooting skills and working collaboratively all while having a fun time! Teams are given a variety of clues in addition to the clues found in the room to use to help unlock the box before the other teams in the room do.

Caleb Watson, Tech Ed teacher at Central High School, received mini grant funding for new tools for their Construction & Woodworking classroom.

Amber Leonhardi, kindergarten teacher at Jefferson Elementary, received mini grant funding for math manipulatives and level reading books for her classroom.

Marcy Koch, Elementary Counselor at Roosevelt Elementary School, wrote an Educare Ed Waltman mini grant to bring in a featured speaker in character, President Theodore Roosevelt. Marcy’s goal was for President Roosevelt to spend 5-10 minutes addressing the entire student body with 2-3 key messages that have guided his leadership and contributed to his success.  In addition, President Roosevelt will spend approximately 30 minutes with each grade level reinforcing these key messages, teaching students about his life and legacy, and answering student questions. February was chosen very purposefully, as it is the Month of the Presidents.

The impersonator is Adam Lindquist.  He is a living history speaker and educator who is nationally known for his work for portraying the 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt.  His uncanny resemblance and ability to bring Roosevelt to life has earned him national reenactment titles in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and is the only person to ever receive a perfect score in the competition’s 35 year history.  His favorite work is with school children, where each year he educates over 20,000 students on the accomplishments of Theodore Roosevelt.