The Edina Education Fund is an independent non-profit organization dedicated the to the continued academic excellence of our Edina Public School students. The core of our work is to fulfill our student's educational needs and grant opportunities to our EPS student body in the areas of LITERACY, MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS, and STEAM. Each year, the Ed Fund financially backs large scale initiatives within our buildings that our tax dollars alone cannot fund. These initiatives include tutor centers, engineering equipment, literacy assessment tools, and more.
The Edina Education Fund is supported entirely by private grants and donations. We thank our donors for helping us provide greater academic opportunities for all Edina Public School students, today and into the future.
LITERACY - from student help centers and financial literacy courses at our high school to audio books and read-aloud libraries for our youngest learners.
District Comprehensive Literacy Plan LETRS Training - Ed Fund has committed to raising $400,000 to support training our preK through grade 2 teachers in LETRS training (course fees and materials, and substitute teachers to support our students while teachers are participating in this professional development).
Edina High School Tutor Center - consists of the Writing Center and the SMath (Science and Math) Center. Both tutor centers are staffed Monday through Friday throughout the entire school day, both in-person and virtually, with trained peer tutors that work one-on-one with students. In addition, tutors can be utilized to push into classrooms to help teachers bring instructional ratios down. Our centers enlist the help of academically advanced students in their junior and senior years of study, to further the education and enrichment of all our students, regardless of age and academic level.
Personal Finance - an elective course at Edina High School funded by the Edina Education Fund. This course teaches students to set goals, create budgets, compare services of financial resources, research and analyze credit alternatives, manage personal resources responsibly, prepare income taxes, and research and compare information regarding major decisions about spending money, including the psychology of investing.
EHS Breakfast Club - entering its 20th year, the Breakfast Book Club (BBC) invites newcomers and returning members to join in reading and have a morning donut or bagel as well! In addition, students are able to begin building their personal libraries because the BBC gives each student their own copy of the books we read. In past years, over 50 students have participated in book club each quarter and the numbers continue to grow. Our funds will allow us to read four books this year.
Media Centers districtwide - proudly supporting our schools many media centers through grants to enrich our multicultural books, audio books, non-fiction sections, technology and more.
STEAM - Grants for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math. Programs include science presentations for our little ones to solar panels on the roof of our high school building for learning and discovery.
Student Spaceflight Experiments Program - Grades 5 through 12 students are developing microgravity experiments, one of which will be selected to be launched on Mission 17 to the International Space Station and conducted in conjunction with NASA.
Edina Rotary Global Scholars - this program is to encourage and inspire Edina students to prepare for global careers through depth of study, community partnerships, mentoring, peer collaboration, cultural experience, and innovation. The Ed Fund is proud to partner with the Rotary Club of Edina and the Edina Morningside Rotary Club to offer this program to our Edina High School students.
Engineering and Science - The Ed Fund has a long history of supporting our Engineering and Science classes and labs at both South View and Valley View middle schools in addition to Edina High School. Support has ranged from cutting-edge equipment to fill our fabrication labs and offer hands-on learning throughout our engineering and computer science coursework to professional development to train our teachers on new classroom courses.
MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS - these initiatives are a long-time focus of the Ed Fund. We are proud to partner with the Edina Public Schools to increase funding for these services at all 10 EPS sites, ranging from co-located mental health services to programs that encourage learning through movement. The Ed Fund provides grants to increase the number of mental health specialists in our schools, train EPS teachers and staff in how to recognize struggling students and support all students mental health, offer benevolence funding to support students that are uninsured or underinsured, and build community education in this area.
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