June 2017


June 2017 Grants Awarded



1) $3,900 - Injection Molder / Vacuum Former: The Injection Molder/Vacuum Former will be used by MMS shop classrooms.  This equipment is being purchased to transform and update the processes that Middle School students will be exposed too.  The injection molder will be used to make wheels by the 8th grade students to be used on their dragster vehicles.  Thus reducing the cost of these consumable wheels in the future.  The plastic vacuum former will help to convert an all-wood dragster project to a more modern version where students can design a more complex dragster on the CADD program inventor.  The hope is that all teachers of middle school and possibly the district would be able to send over things that they might want formed.  For example masks for drama/plays, equipment for Phys Ed and Art.  FORWARD Foundation would like to award $3,900 to Kevin Dorn.


2) $1,400 - Wi-fi Hotspots: This grant will allow access for students whose families may not be able to afford high speed internet service in their homes or to students who may live in rural areas that do not have access to high speed internet connection, through a Wi-Fi hotspot program.  The idea would be that the hotspots would be available to checkout from the River Falls High School Library.  The service would be provided by Mobile Citizen, an organization that provides low-cost portable internet solutions to schools.  FORWARD Foundation would like to award $1,400 to Nate Bingenheimer. 

3) $600 - Breakout Boxes: Breakout EDU is a platform for immersive learning.  It is a great way to have an interactive activity that utilizes critical thinking, problem solving, and increased communication skills.  Breakout activities present to participant’s challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve.  Breakouts are aligned to different content areas, grades as well as adult professional learning.  Opportunities for students to create their own breakout games can also be used as a learning experience.  FORWARD Foundation would like to award $600 to Deb Ottman, Heather Boleman and Liz Kumershek.

4) $300 - White Board Paint: We all know students love to write on desks and tables, so why not use this to our advantage?  Students currently use existing whiteboard surfaces to collaborate using graphic devices on various projects and assignments.  The one to one technology is amazing but does not always allow visual and tactile learners to maximize their potential.  The best part is the students can create and store the information on their iPads by simply taking a photo.  FORWARD Foundation would like to award Rita Thorson and Nick Stenske $300.

5) $4,000 - Welding Simulator: With the purchase of a welding simulator the students would have the ability to rapidly refine basic welding skills, learn proper welding technique and explore welding career paths in a safe, virtual environment without the need for consumables like metal and gas.  The machine comes with a full curriculum that is up-to-date with current standards.  The FORWARD Foundation would like to award $4,000 to Ryan Pechacek.

6) $3,000 - Thermocycler: This grant will allow the River Falls High School to perform a very well-known area of biotechnology that involves the process known as Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR).  This process involves amplifying small quantities of DNA so there will be enough sample to further study DNA through the process of DNA Fingerprinting and DNA sequencing.  Since the early 1990’s we have been performing DNA fingerprinting, as well as other biotechnology advanced scientific concepts within the High School.  Unfortunately the students have never been able to actually perform the PCR process within our own labs because we do not have this piece of equipment.  Instead they have been sending these samples to other companies/universities so they could process for them.  This will not only thoroughly teach an advanced topic but it will also save money and time.  The FORWARD Foundation would like to award $3,000 to Dan Hoffman.


7) $1,800 - Thinkers and Tinkers: Maker spaces are rich, innovative learning environments that foster critical thinking, communicating, collaborating and creating the four C’s of 21st –century learning.  Tinkering (Maker labs) offer authentic personalized learning opportunities with its low floor (easy to get started), high ceiling (opportunities to create sophisticated projects) and wide walls (supporting many different types of projects).  These labs are a unique combination of inquiry-based, cooperative, and project-based learning, all proven to have long-term positive effects on student achievement and success.   FORWARD Foundation would like to award Jayne Hoffman, Peggy Kugel and Lori Sather $1,800.

8) $1,450 - Buddy Bags: Buddy Bags are designed to be fun and informative ways for families to share literacy and learning experiences at home.  Families will read the book(s), participate in the activities ranging anywhere from cooking and crafts to singing and science experiments, then write about the experience in the journal.  FORWARD Foundation would like to award Becky McAleavey $1,450.

9) $3,550 - CNC Shopbot: Technology is all around us.  We need to continue to provide our students with opportunities that are relevant to the needs of today’s businesses and that are aligned to current and desired course programming offered at the RFHS.  Purchasing a CNC ShopBot Desktop Max machine will allow us to create a GREAT learning experience for our students while providing them with a high quality education that could benefit some of our local businesses.  FORWARD Foundation would like to award $3,550 to Paul Haugland.


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