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Letter - Make an impact and increase learning opportunities

To the editor:

It is my privilege to serve as the chair of the Alexandria Public Schools Education Foundation. The foundation is a growing organization, governed by a volunteer board, which has had a significant impact on students in District 206.

Through its Innovation Grant Program, the foundation has increased learning opportunities for students in every school and at all grade levels. Since 2009, students district-wide have benefited from projects funded in the areas of technology; literacy enrichment and intervention programs; materials for math, reading and writing improvement; science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.

In all, the foundation has awarded 21 grants totaling over $75,000 to Alexandria School District 206 teachers to fund innovative teaching ideas! Yet, we've only just begun to respond to the creative ideas teachers are bringing to us. Our ability to support innovative, quality educational experiences in the classroom depends upon the strength of our financial resources.

This month, two foundation-sponsored events are occurring that you won't want to miss. On Friday, September 27, the foundation will host its annual Hall of Fame luncheon, inducting three graduates of Alexandria Public Schools: Vern Anderson, Class of 1960; Robert Roubik, Class of 1957, and Marjorie Van Gorp, Class of 1941. The luncheon will be held at noon. That evening from 6:30 to 9 p.m., the foundation will hold its annual Jeans and Jewels Gala. The purpose of the event is to thank our 206 Club members, invite potential new members and raise funds to support the creative ideas that teachers are bringing to us. Both events will take place at Broadway Ballroom.

I encourage you to consider a donation and invite your involvement at these events. Together we can make an impact and increase learning opportunities for all District 206 students.

Greg Trumm, chairperson

Alexandria Education Foundation

Alexandria, MN