Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools Highlights of 2019
2019 was a busy year for the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools. We received over $150,000 in gifts to grant back to programming in the Dubuque Public Schools. The gifts came in many forms, and we appreciate everyone who supports the Foundation. Below are some highlights from 2019 that are enhancing student learning, thanks to you.
Falb/Kendall Hunt Instrumental Music Fund
Another generous, five-year gift will allow continued support for music education in Dubuque public schools. With these funds, the district has been able to place instruments in the hands of students (pictured at top of page) for whom this rich opportunity was out of reach.
Project-Based Learning Fund
The Alternative Learning Center tiny house (pictured right) is almost completed and waiting for an owner. With the sale of the tiny house, other project-based learning activities will blossom.
Important information about the tiny house:
- Grid-less: This tiny house has unlimited potential, because it utilizes grid-less technology to allow for more freedom: Freedom to relocate and live wherever the owner wants and laws permit, from the country to municipal areas to campgrounds.
- Environmentally Friendly: This building is focused on sustainability. Many of the materials have an anticipated life of 50 years.
- Quality Construction: This house is built to residential standards, making it rigid and well insulated. It is suitable for winters in the upper Midwest. Professionals guided students on the framing, roofing, plumbing, solar, electrical and HVAC systems.
Ed and Patricia Alt DCSD STEM Staff Development Fund
Through this fund, teachers can apply for funding to attend a conference on STEM education. After returning, they will present to fellow staff members and mentor staff in implementation of new learning into their teaching and curriculum.
This fall, 13 technology coaches were able to experience the Iowa Technology and Education Connection conference in Des Moines (pictured left) and impact the learning of all staff and students in our elementary schools.