Foundation Impact at Minnewashta

F018-19 Foundation Teacher Grants for Minnewashta

Student Well-being Library
Mandy Mattke | Awarded $1,165

This Social-emotional library accessible for teachers to use with students to increase positive social behaviors, empathy, teamwork, and academics.





Art Room on Wheels
Christin Congdon | Awarded $1,500
From the Minnetonka Alumni Association Fine Arts Fund

Mobile art room for the traveling art teacher to have all supplies in a specific and portable space for use in multiple classrooms in a day.





Putting the “Play” Back in Playground
Erin Michael | Awarded $5,940
For Clear Springs, Excelsior, Groveland & Minnewashta

Portable adaptive play equipment for recess use by students with special needs or physical disabilities to use with their peers at recess.



Growing Through Grief
Donna Dahl | Awarded $759
For all schools

Funds a Stress Reduction Tool Kit for the Minnetonka Grief Counselor to use in peer support groups, individual sessions, and wile supporting crisis events.


Design for Learning
Nicole Snedden | Awarded $5,000
For all schools

A district wide innovation project that empowers students and staff to transform education through the design of the learning environment.









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Launching The Hub to Promote Maker-Based Learning



With The Hub we can try things, and that’s how we learn. Y



ou get to do new things and try things. We have time to experiment, make mistakes, and figure out how to fix it.

- Minnewashta 4th Grader

Future workplaces will require people who can problem-solve, adapt and communicate in environments that are increasingly complex.


With $200,000 from our Endowment Fund, the Foundation launched The Hub last year. We provided plugged and unplugged materials to enhance the tonka curricular program and support maker-based learning in all PreK-8 Minnetonka schools.



The Hub materials provided by the Foundation encourage open-ended student-driven learning experiences that encourage creativity, collaboration and teamwork to achieve a goal.

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  MWA hub club snow theme


Students were able
to work in groups with hands-on learning materials which I would not have been able to provide without The Hub.

- Minnewashta Teacher




We loved creating 3D images and creative art with The Hub to show what we were thinking. Students enjoyed being creative.

- Minnewashta Teacher






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celebrating 1 mil in teacher grants since 1999



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We also provide continued financial support for district-wide programs



Design for Learning
A district-wide innovation project that empowers students and staff to transform education through the design of the learning environment.




Parenting with Purpose
Community Book Read Event: Raising Unselfies!

Featuring Michelle Borba, Ed.D, author of “Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World” on November 14, MHS Arts Center.

Save the Date for Foundation Events

November 16
Tour of Tables
Ladies Luncheon
Lafayette Club

February 9
Dream Makers
Minneapolis Event Center




Your Financial Support of the Foundation will be used at Minnewashta to:

  • Sponsor Minnewashta teacher grants
  • Provide new Hub materials and technology
  • Replenish Hub consumable items used by students
  • Make future Hub enrichment events possible

"You feel like you’re playing a game, but you’re also making your mind grow bigger. It's fun to learn while you're having fun!”
- Minnewashta 4th Grader