Board of Directors
Dr. Carl Casperson
Robert O. Erickson
Laura S. Schmit
"Research confirms that, in today's world, a school
district cannot educate a child without the help of the community. For over twenty years, the Education
Foundation of Bloomington has worked in partnership with our District to help
educate the children of our community." – Les Fujitake, Superintendent,
Bloomington Public Schools
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The Education Foundation of Bloomington focuses on enhancing the learning experiences of students of the Bloomington Public Schools. We work with organizations and individuals who share our vision of enriching the nationally recognized excellence of public education in our community. Our contributing partners in achieving this vision are community members, teachers, parents, alumni, corporations, charitable and civic organizations, private foundations and other friends of education. Together, we secure financial and in-kind support beyond the limits of public funding to strengthen education from early childhood through high school.
Founded in 1986 as a 501.c.3 non-profit organization, the all-volunteer Education Foundation of Bloomington supports students through five major programs:
Children’s Food for Thought provides free school meals for students whose family income is not low enough to qualify for federally funded free/reduced-price meals. The program also serves as a bridge for kids to have lunch while a family’s application for free or reduced-priced school meals is pending.
Classroom Innovation Grants enable teachers to explore and evaluate creative instructional projects that meet their students’ learning needs. The Foundation’s annual Chip In for Schools Golf Classic provides funding for grants. Successful grant proposals must define expected learning results and the evaluation method to be used in measuring results.
Prodigy Awards that recognize school district staff members who work successfully in teams to achieve their assigned goals.
Senior Scholarships ensure that qualified Bloomington high school graduates can afford their first year of post-high school education. Businesses, families, Foundation Board members, community organizations and school district employee groups contributed $38,650 to provide 36 scholarships for the Class of 2010.
Student Success Stipends help ensure that all students can participate in and learn from educational experiences that require fees. The Foundation’s small donations—ranging from $20 to $50—provide field trips, performances, team projects, music lessons—possible for students whose families can’t afford the related fees. Stipends also cover the $20 cost for adults to take the GED tests for high school completion.
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