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Educare Foundation announces more than $1 million in financial support to Mankato Area Public Schools since 1995

For the 2016-17 school year, Educare awarded $67,625 in grants to help purchase laser engravers, plasma cutters, Vex Robotics equipment, 3D printers and more. “The funding that Educare provides supports innovation which enables our teachers to explore new ways to engage our students in their learning,” said Sheri Allen, superintendent of Mankato Area Public Schools.

Educare also provides support through the Ed Waltman Mini Grants Program during the school year. The Foundation distributes up to $24,000 annually in mini grants, and with recent mini grants awarded, Educare is excited to announce it has funded more than $1 million in grants since its inception in 1995!

Casey Rose, a 7th grade science teacher at Prairie Winds Middle Schools, recently submitted a mini grant request for her classroom to receive funding to purchase medical slides to view normal and unhealthy cells under a microscope to determine cause of death. “It is innovative requests like these that really support the mission of Educare and the goal we’re trying to achieve to explore new ways of learning for our students,” said Shannon Beal, Educare Foundation grants committee chair.
Recent grant submission requests for the 2017-18 school year are totaling more than $179,000 and Educare would not be able to support these grants without the donations from generous sponsors and longtime supporters. Grants funded for the 2017-18 school year will be announced at the annual Spring Benefit on Friday, May 19, 2017, tickets are available online and all are invited to attend.

A non-profit public entity, the Educare Foundation provides financial support to Mankato Area Public Schools beyond the normal operating budget. Educare supports programs and activities that enhance educational opportunities for all students and encourages teachers to explore new ways of learning and provides a vital link between the community and the classroom.To learn more about Educare, visit
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