6, 2013 – GIVING IT FORWARD
the second year, the FORWARD Foundation is offering the opportunity for
community members to purchase "gift cards". These cards allow
you to purchase a card in someone’s name, and your money is essentially a
donation to the Foundation. What a great way to recognize a classroom
teacher or someone special in your life by donating to the Foundation.
What would your donation be used for? The sole purpose of
the FORWARD Foundation is to support unique, innovative learning experiences
for students that would otherwise not be possible with school district funds.
Teachers apply to the Foundation by explaining what creative learning
experiences would be provided if given a "grant" from FORWARD.
Your donation truly is a gift that keeps on giving.
It should be noted that the FORWARD Foundation is a tax-exempt
organization that is not controlled, or governed by the school district.
Rather this is a grass roots, independent community organization that
believes in the future of our children and the need for a process that spurs
innovation, cultivates creativity, and encourages our teachers to explore new
bounds for education, even during these financially challenging times in public
In previous years the Foundation grants have financed
approximately $26,500 of funding for projects such as fifth graders designing
and building solar cars to encourage a positive attitude towards science and
renewable energy, and a Farm to School initiative connecting students to the
community and local farmers while teaching nutrition education and
incorporating garden activities into the school curriculum. These and more grant projects can be found at
If you would like to make a special investment in our kids, and
tell someone they are special to you, please consider a FORWARD Foundation gift
card by purchasing one at Pretty Darn Good Yarn, the Fox Den Used Books, any of
the school offices, or on the FORWARD website.
Special thanks to the FORWARD Foundation President-Jen Zoller,
to their Board of Directors and all who have supported this cause through your contributions
of time and money to make this a very special way for community members to
invest in children.
Jamie Benson, Superintendent
School District of River Falls
Mr. Jamie Benson
Superintendent of Schools
Phone: (715) 425-1800
Fax: (715) 425-1804
852 East Division St.
River Falls, WI 54022