By Jen Bakken
DELANO, MN The Delano Area Educational Foundation (DAEF) announced its yearly grant recipients in April.
The grants were made possible through DAEF’s two yearly fundraisers a trap shoot and a Gala.
Delano Elementary School, Delano Middle School, and Delano High School each received grants. For the first time, the Early Childhood Family Education program was also included.
For Delano Middle School music and choir teachers, the DAEF grant will assist with the purchase of supplies and materials for the new gender-based seventh and eighth grade choir program.
Special education teachers Amy Kelly and Jessica Nelson will use their grant in the transportation to various sites for students to practice independent living, social skills, and community skills.
Monica Kunkel, DHS media specialist, will be using a DAEF grant along with matching funds from the DHS Partners In Education (PIE) group to add to the high school media center non-fiction collection.
DHS science teacher, Jessica Nelson will be using a DAEF grant to purchase eight new Vernier Labquests and sensors.
DES principal Darren Schuler and technology specialist Paul Ludwig will be able to purchase additional smart boards and sound systems with their grant.
Gwen Briesemeister, gifted and talented coordinator, used a DAEF grant for an additional computer for her classroom.
“The Mac was needed in order to accommodate the large number of students that have pre-registered for the video production class,” said Briesemeister. “The additional editing station will be able to accommodate this increase in students. It will also be used for History Day students in the middle school.”
Middle School Principal Rene Klinkner will be putting a grant towards “Project Lead the Way,” a new project for the school.
Julie Longstreet, a math teacher at the middle school, will be able to purchase two sets of graphing calculators for her students.
World language teacher John Fitzer has used DAEF funds, along with funds from the DHS student council, to purchase new speakers for the DHS sound system.
“About six years ago, the student council bought a DJ sound system,” said Fitzer. “The sound system is used at school dances, homecoming, spring fling, and other school events; and two speakers just weren’t enough to spread the sound around.”
New Apple hardware and software will be available to the middle school students and staff, thanks to a partial grant by DAEF at the request of Gwen Egly, DMS media specialist.
This is the first year the Early Childhood Family Education program has been the recipient of a DAEF grant, and ECFE director Jane Shaffer is excited at the possibilities this creates.
“There are families who would like to have their children attend preschool, but can’t afford it,” said Shaffer. “This will enable us to provide fee assistance to them.”
A total of $26,000 was awarded in DAEF grants, and the organization has about $25,000 in an endowment fund, as well.
DAEF is currently seeking new members and volunteers.DAEF president Chad Skartvedt will be stepping down, but will continue as a board member.
Beginning in August, the group will meet the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 a.m., in the district office. The DAEF annual trap shoot is set for Saturday, Sept. 12.
If you are interested in volunteering or getting involved with DAEF, contact Chad Skartvedt at (763) 670-3041.