School Board makes final approval for solar project, on track to begin installation this month

The Eau Claire Area School District Board of Education made the final approval at the August 3rd board meeting to accept the second gift of 360 panels for the Solar on Eau Claire Schools project, a fund of the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation. The action paves the way for the arrays’ installation atop Memorial and North High schools, 360 panels at each building, beginning this month. All 720 panels for the project have been generously donated by the Couillard Solar Foundation. “Couillard Solar Foundation emphasizes educating Wisconsin students on…

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ECPSF meets Pablo Foundation match challenge for Solar on Eau Claire Schools, project on track for late summer install

Kayla Midthun, Ramone's Ice Cream Parlor co-owner, left; and Sarah French, Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation executive director, right.    6/9/2020  After a successful match challenge in April, Pablo Foundation issued an additional match challenge for the Solar on Eau Claire Schools Fund for the end of the school year. With a deadline for challenge gifts of June 5, the community again came together, and raised $26,464 to meet the match!   In celebration of Earth Day, the Pablo Foundation offered the same match for gifts made…

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Announcing 2020 recipient for J Murphy STEM Scholarship

Morgan Priem Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation (ECPSF) announces the award of the 2020 J Murphy STEM Scholarship to Morgan Priem, a Memorial High School senior. The scholarship was established with ECPSF in 2016 by an anonymous donor with family roots in the community and a passion for helping students pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). Each spring, one graduating Eau Claire Area School District senior is selected to receive the $10,000 scholarship to apply toward college tuition and fees. Additionally, the scholarship…

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ECPSF announces internet access support for Eau Claire Area School District

Jeff Thompson Photography A local retiree recently donated $10,000 to the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation with an eye on supporting internet access and connectivity costs for Eau Claire Area School District (ECASD) students and teachers who are managing education from home.  Given the governor’s stay-at-home extension, school buildings will remain closed for the duration of the 2019-20 school year, leaving students and teachers to continue navigating online learning and teaching.  The shift to online education has been especially difficult for families in rural areas who may…

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Pablo Foundation to Match Solar on Eau Claire Schools Fund Gifts Made in April in Celebration of Earth Day!

Students discussing the Solar Project at an after-school meeting in March before schools closed. Pablo Foundation Executive Director MaiVue Xiong Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation Executive Director Sarah French                     In celebration of Earth Day and to encourage community participation, the Pablo Foundation will match up to $25,000 in April donations to the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation’s Solar on Eau Claire Schools Fund that is supporting the installation…

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French named to National School Foundation Association Board of Directors

During a time of uncertainty and adjusting to our schools being virtual amid the COVID-19 pandemic, ECPSF is excited to share some uplifting news: our Executive Director, Sarah French, has been named to the National School Foundation Association Board of Directors! Learn more here: Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation (ECPSF) is a nonprofit, independent organization that connects the community and the Eau Claire Area School District to inspire and enhance the educational experience of our students. For more information, please visit www.ecpsfound.org. To learn more about the Foundation or NSFA,…

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Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation Offers Emergency Teacher Grants and Student Support

The Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation (ECPSF) has launched an emergency grant program to support Eau Claire Area School District (ECASD) teachers and staff who are educating students remotely due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the resulting school closures. Typically, ECPSF offers grants in fall for the district’s teachers and staff to use toward classroom needs. However, the current remote format may require different educational tools. To date, $10,000 from the foundation’s unrestricted funds has been allocated for the program. “The cornerstone of what we do at ECPSF is provide…

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COVID19 Support for Students

The State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services has ordered all Wisconsin schools to close after the school day on Wednesday, March 18. ECASD schools are cancelled for students beginning Thursday, March 19 through Friday, April 3. Classes are anticipated to resume on Monday, April 6. Plans are underway to support our families and students during this unprecedented event. ECPSF is working with ECASD Administration to ensure students have the resources they need while school is closed. If you'd like to help, please make a gift to the Greatest Needs…

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Announcing the 2020 Golden Apple Awards!

The Golden Apple is awarded by nomination from peers, and distinguishes one outstanding educator or staff member in each of the twenty Eau Claire Area School District schools and one amongst the district-wide support roles. The Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation partners with generous area businesses to honor and recognize exceptional service to our students and families.    Congratulations, Honorees! 🍎 (more…)

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New Fund Will Help Local High Schools Install Solar Panels

ECPSF is excited to announce the newest addition to its Family of Funds: The Solar on Eau Claire Schools Fund. It will support the installation and maintenance of solar panels on Eau Claire's North and Memorial High Schools. Solar on Schools was started by the nonprofit Couillard Solar Foundation (CSF). This project strives to reduce schools' carbon footprints as well as to reduce their energy costs. Once the solar panels are installed, the Eau Claire Area School District will save over $20,000 annually. Because it will be funded entirely through…

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