Editorial: What better way to support local public education?--Tablet computers: For an entire class of second graders to be exposed to and make use of the latest technologies; for another group of autistic students to develop language, social and fine-motor skills; and for a fourth grade class so students can improve their digital skills for research, analysis and publication.
--Tablet computers: For an entire class of second graders to be exposed to and make use of the latest technologies; for another group of autistic students to develop language, social and fine-motor skills; and for a fourth grade class so students can improve their digital skills for research, analysis and publication.
--Composter for an elementary school garden where the produce goes to the local food pantry and through hands-on instruction students learn about plant science and crop rotation.
--New software that gives feedback and assessments when students play instruments and helps unify the music curriculum between the middle and high schools.
--Toward developing a new course for middle school students on functional skills from real-life math to transitioning to the high school.
Are you looking to donate to a cause that’s 100% local, immediate and practical?
There are many worthy causes to pick from, but it seems as if you couldn’t go wrong by supporting the newly formed FORWARD Foundation.
The independent, nonprofit FORWARD was set up to give outside educational support to the River Falls School District that goes beyond general fund tax dollars.
Teachers with unique and stimulating educational projects can apply for grants from FORWARD. Those applications are screened. Grants are awarded based on worthiness and what the foundation can afford.
The above list is some examples of the first batch of FORWARD grants to be awarded. More will follow as long as the foundation can raise and bank donations.
Contributing to FORWARD means a contribution that elevates the educational quality of life in River Falls.
Your contributions are tax deductible. You can mail a check to The FORWARD Foundation/P.O. Box 183/River Falls, WI 54022.
To opt for an automatic deduction plan, go to the foundation’s website at www.forward.org and click on “Donate.”
Long ago: Few stoplights
The Journal’s online poll question this week asked: River Falls just installed its 10th traffic stoplight. How many were here when you came to live?
Feedback so far: None, 22.7%; 1-3, 54.5%; 4-6, 18.2%; 7-9, 4.5%.
What is your recollection? Add your vote by going to www.riverfallsjournal.com