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Grant Story: Global Awareness Classroom Grants

November 21, 2022

Katie Berkedal, Program DirectorBy Katie Berkedal, Program Director

Spreading global awareness in La Crosse area classrooms

La Crosse Community Foundation is host to over 300 different funds of a variety of different fund types. The funds we use to award grants through our competitive grant program are either unrestricted funds or field of interest funds. These funds are established by donors to support specific areas – like global awareness.

The Global Awareness Fund is a field of interest fund established in 2006 by Rita McGughey to support opportunities for expanding the awareness of our multicultural world by helping individuals identify with people from outside the United

States. This field of interest fund is one of few at the foundation with a separate advisory committee. The Global Awareness Fund advisory committee includes folks who share Rita’s passion and experience for global connection and learning.

Global Awareness Classroom Grants

Logan High School Spanish students enjoy a trip to Mercado Central in Minneapolis

Logan High School Spanish students enjoy a trip to Mercado Central in Minneapolis

For the past several years, the Global Awareness Fund’s advisory committee has overseen a special grant program for La Crosse County K-12 educators. The Global Awareness Classroom Grant program opens every September and accepts requests from any educator in La Crosse County who needs funding to support global learning and experiences in the classrooms. Applicants can request up to $2,000, and about $10,000 is awarded each year.

The application process is short and easy, as we know how busy educators are at the beginning of the school year. Over the years, we’ve supported a wide range of projects for students, including global literature, field trips to bigger cities for cultural immersion experiences, global music and instruments, cultural experiences at schools with guest speakers, and more!

Recipients of 2022-23 classroom grants

This year, eleven educators from around La Crosse County applied for a Global Awareness Classroom Grant. We’re excited to announce the recipients!

2022-23 Global Awareness Classroom Grant Awards

School District NameSchool NameTeacher NameProject NameAmount Awarded
Onalaska School DistrictOnalaska High SchoolBrian Wopat, French TeacherMulticultural Literacy in the World Language Classroom$1,035
School District of La CrosseLogan High SchoolHong Xu, High School Chinese TeacherChicago China Town field trip$1,185
Onalaska School DistrictOnalaska School DistrictAshley Nowak, Equity CoordinatorHo-Chunk Community Event $2,000 (+$3,000 from Lemke Fund)
Holmen Area School DistrictSand Lake ElementaryShelly Heerts, Music TeacherCreating Global Musicians Through Drumming and Music Literature$1,600
West Salem School DistrictWest Salem ElementaryMary Hundt, Library Media SpecialistListen to my Voice: Authors Sharing Their Identity Through the Audiobook Format$1,615
School District of La CrosseNorth Woods International SchoolAmanda Wolfgram, Elementary Music SpecialistHmong Instrumental Music$965
Onalaska School DistrictOnalaska High SchoolValerie Mumm-Jansen, Spanish TeacherMulticultural Classroom Library$1,200
TOTAL$9,600