While faculty takes some time off during the summer, the grant writers, fund raisers, and staff members of the R-P district have been hard at work, and as Community Education Coodinator Lisa Lawston noted at Monday evening’s regular School Board Meeting, their work is paying off, as the district has been the recipient of several grants over the past month.
The district received $6,000 from the Minnesota Twins’ Fields for Kids program. That money will go towards replacing the lime surfacing with a grass infield at the Niggle Field baseball and softball diamonds. The total cost of the project is estimated to be around $19,000 and the district and booster club are working to find ways to secure the remaining costs of the project through other grant opportunities.
Local contributions continue to make a difference for R-P students, with the Booster Club recently donating $728 for the purchase of new soccer goals. It was also noted that the Booster Club reached, and even surpassed, its goal of raising $72,000 for the ongoing maintenance of the R-P track and field facilities, which were overhauled last summer. Over the past month, a $3,250 donation from the Middle School Student Council was bolstered by four $500 donations each from the Band Boosters, the High School Student Council, Paul Ehler, Chuck and Sharon Ehler, as well as $100 presented by Herb Highum on behalf of “The Great Class of 1946.” The total amount raised was $75,200.
Athletic programs weren’t the only to benefit from local generosity and the grant writing talents of R-P district staff.
The district was also awarded a $25,000 Pathways II grant to support a second year of Kindergarten Prep, and extension of the Lille By Preschool program.
RPHS art teacher Samantha Cunningham successfully applied for a $7,500 grant from the Perpich Center for Arts Education. The funds will support a multi-year professional development program for arts integration.
Partners in Education (P.I.E.) donated $500 towards the expansion of R-P’s youth enrichment S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) program.
Last but not least, the youngest crowd at R-P will be enjoying some fresh literature when school starts up again, as the district received a BookStart grant of 400 new children’s books which will be used by Lille By preschoolers as well as K-1 students and local daycare kids who benefit from R-P’s ECFE On-the-go program.