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Partnering for Education Luncheon

Justice Alan Page The Mounds View Schools Education Foundation (MVSEF) hosted the 5th annual Partnering for Education lunch on Thursday, February 11 at North Oaks Golf Club. More than 175 community and business members attended and received an update on the district and how they could support the foundation’s work. Superintendent Dan Hoverman detailed how the district is addressing the aspirations, opportunities, expectations and achievement gaps to ensure all of our students succeed.

Keynote speaker Justice Alan Page discussed how his interest in education started with his parents who encouraged their children to “be the best you can be” whether it’s in the classroom or on the football field. He acknowledged the work the Mounds View Schools District has done to ensure all students have equal opportunity for achievement.

Two students from Mounds View High School talked about how their experiences have prepared for them for their futures following high school graduation. They credited their success with the support they received from the deans and school staff as well as their involvement with co-curricular activities.

Jonathan Weinhagen, president of the MVSEF Board of Trustees, announced the four areas the foundation will focus its funding in alignment with district’s strategic plan. More specifically, MVSEF will continue it’s support of the Laurentian Environmental Center and the Equity Promise Scholarship Program. In addition, the foundation will fund an innovative software program enabling the high school deans to better facilitate college and career readiness for all students. Finally, MVSEF’s commitment includes funding to middle and elementary schools in support of Makerspace STEAM resources. Makerspaces offers students hands on experiences with computer controlled fabrication devices (3D printers), physical computing (robotics) and computer programming (coding) allowing for a deeper understanding of math, science, engineering and the arts. These spaces and resources allows students to create, invent and learn using a wide variety of tools and materials.

Weinhagen also encouraged the audience to make a financial contribution to ensure the Foundation successfully raises the funds to support the initiatives highlighted during the luncheon. If you have not had the opportunity to invest in our work please consider a gift now.

The Mounds View Schools Education Foundation's mission is to engage our community to invest in excellence in education in the Mounds View Public Schools. The work of the foundation reaches every school in the district which serves the communities of New Brighton, Arden Hills, Mounds View, Shoreview, North Oaks, Roseville and Vadnais Heights.