Wayzata Education Fund
Project for Minnesota Community Foundation

From Excellent to Exceptional

The Wayzata Education Fund (WEF) provides grants for innovative, collaborative, curricular ideas across the Wayzata School District that engage our students, expand the ordinary curriculum, and continue the excellence of Wayzata Schools. The Fund encourages teachers and staff to imagine new, creative ways to enhance learning for a significant number of students and support Excellence for Each and Every Student. An all-volunteer organization, the Fund has donated more than $200,000 to support innovative ideas since its 2003 inception. The projects awarded strive to move the learning environment from Excellent to Exceptional. These grants are made possible by the generous donations of Wayzata families and friends, area businesses, and employees of Wayzata Public Schools. 

During the 2015-16 school year, the Wayzata Education Fund awarded more than $40,000 to fund 11 "From Excellent to Exceptional" grants that are currently impacting more than 1,000 students across the district at the following schools:

  • 3-D Printers and an expanded ETD curricular at all three Wayzata Middle Schools
  • An Incubator at Central Middle School
  • Mindfulness group sessions and instruction at Wayzata High School 
  • A Digital Microscope at Wayzata High School 
  • Sphero Robotic Balls at Kimberly Lane Elementary 
  • An Aquaponics Growing System at Central Middle School 
  • Makerspace Carts for Plymouth Creek and Meadow Ridge Elementary Schools
  • K’nex building sets for the Young Scholars Program at Sunset Hill, Gleason Lake, Oakwood, and Kimberly Lane elementary schools
  • Digital tools and props to support the MAYhem creative writing program at Wayzata East Middle School 
  • Sensory Rooms in 8 Wayzata schools 
  • Glide Bikes for the Adapted Physical Education program throughout the Wayzata School District  

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