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Mapleton Education Foundation

The basic difference between those who achieve greatness and those who might have been great is one thing: opportunity. Our mission is to nurture the greatness in every student by affording opportunities and supplying necessary resources to turn dreams into reality. Please join us and help us ensure that all Mapleton students can achieve their dreams.

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Welby Outdoor Learning Park

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

At-Risk Populations
Children (4-12 years)
Families
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Teachers

Description

Mapleton is collaborating with area partners to blend the unique history of the District into new learning spaces and discovery play areas. The Learning Park vision is to create outdoor spaces that operate as extensions of the classroom. By bringing curriculum to life among the cattails and cottonwoods, Mapleton hopes these outdoor experiences will inspire all students to become responsible, knowledgeable and ethical stewards of nature.

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We started the outdoor learning space with beautiful vegetable garden that produced in abundance. The students harvested the vegetables and ate them in school lunches.

Valente Fund

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

Research demonstrates that extracurricular and enrichment activities are not only fun - they provide tremendous learning benefits to students and schools. Students who participate in extracurricular activities have reduced behavior problems, higher grades, and school completion rates. This program provides support for students who could not otherwise afford to participate in these programs by covering their registration fees. It also pays for gate fees, allowing all students to attend performing arts and athletics events free of charge. Finally, it provides needs-based grants to extracurricular and co-curricular programs, ensuring that programs like Junior ROTC have the supplies and materials they need to best serve students.

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Make a Difference Fund

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

The Make a Difference Fund was created to eliminate barriers to student participation in unique extracurricular and co-curricular experiences. The fund serves individual students and provides support for student travel expenses, program tuition, and other expenses related to special extracurricular and co-curricular activities.
Examples of previously funded applications include:
• travel assistance for student participation in the Yale Young Global Scholars program
• tuition assistance for student participation in the National Young Scholars Program
• support for participation in the Ivy League Project

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Student Scholarships

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children ages 5 to 21
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Hispanics
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

The Foundation's Student Scholarships celebrate the uniqueness and potential of all students and support Mapleton's college-going culture. In the past eight years, the Foundation has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarship support to hundreds of Mapleton graduates. These scholarships can be the tipping point that determines whether a Mapleton student will pursue a postsecondary education. Scholarships range from $1,000 - $5,000 per year and are awarded to 40-50 graduating seniors each spring.

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Marchi Mini-Grants

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

The Marchi Mini-Grant program is named after beloved Mapleton educator Lisa Marchi. This program is designed to support educational projects created by teachers to engage students, encourage student mastery of academic standards, and increase student achievement. Dollars fund innovative ideas that cannot be supported by a school's existing budget. Examples of funded projects include:

- "Service Learning Through Planter Boxes" (serving 75 students at Achieve Academy)
- "The Chick Lifecycle Project" (serving 60 students at Valley View K-8)
- "Green Screen Technology" (serving 60 students at Monterey Community School)

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District Initiatives

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

Every two years, the Foundation selects a District initiative to support financially. Past initiatives have included student fieldwork, performing arts, athletics, and science. In school year 2018-2019, the Foundation will support preschool programs.

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