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Grant boosts school's technology

Left to right: Academic Services Director Rick Osterhaus and high school Principal Elaine Baumann receive a check from Bill Coggio, a town of Troy resident and 3M research scientist.

The River Falls School District was just awarded a $12,000 grant from the 3M Foundation. The grant will be used to promote math, science and technology, specifically Meyer Middle School's Project Lead the Way curriculum and the unit, "The Magic of Electrons." Ten thousand dollars will be spent to buy "hands on modules" used in building small-scale machinery models. The other $2,000 will be used to develop a marketing plan for high school and middle school career counseling conferences for parents and students. In addition, the district will receive four of 3M's new LCD projector white boards for classroom use. The official check presentation was made at Monday night's school board meeting. Academic Services Director Rick Osterhaus and high school Principal Elaine Baumann receive the check from Bill Coggio, town of Troy, who has three kids in the River Falls School District and is a 3M research scientist. Coggio was said to be instrumental in getting the district to apply for the grant. He called himself a proud supporter of River Falls schools and, with 224 parents of local students working at 3M, it made sense to tap into 3M community grant opportunities, especially to benefit the growing field of technology.

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