Classroom in Waverly, SD

A Program Benefiting Area Schools

Through the Area School Partnership Program, the Foundation awards grants on an annual basis for public education projects which are beyond the scope of the regular school budget.

“We are excited about offering this program to area schools,” said Jan DeBerg, WACF executive director. “While schools within Watertown’s city limits are always eligible to apply for grants, this new program enables us to support other area schools as well. Our students are important to our community’s wellbeing,” she added. “We are merely doing our part in helping to provide them with optimum school resources.”

The idea for the program came about when the Waverly/South Shore School District applied for a grant in 2016. “We really hadn’t ever received any grant applications before from area schools,” DeBerg explained. “The grant request was important to the school and the Foundation Board members agreed that we should be looking at expanding our grant recipient area since many of nearby community residents consider Watertown ‘home,’ too.”

School districts within approximately 30 miles of Watertown are eligible to apply. Foundation staff is available to counsel with interested parties regarding the appropriateness of a project for consideration by the Foundation Board. Grant applications are due April 15 with final determination on all proposals being made by the Foundation Board in June.

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Area School Grants

2022 School Grants

  • Estelline: $1,000 - Support for relaxations/stimulus/sensory needs
  • Florence: $2,500 - To establish a PTO
  • Hamlin: $2,500 - Video cameras, ukuleles, Spanish books and "Community Building" kits
  • Henry: $1,875 - Second Step Digital Program for K- 8th-grade

2021 School Grants

  • Clark: $2,500 - Robot cameras
  • Estelline: $625 - Test-Out certification licenses
  • Florence: $2,500 - Missoula Children's Theater visit to school
  • Hamlin: $2,500 - Quad tom drum for music department and pub mill for recycling purposes

2020 School Grants

  • Castlewood:  $2,500 - Flexible seating for 3 classrooms
  • Estelline: $2,500 - Literacy footprints K-6 complete collections
  • Florence: $2,500 - Flexible seating, 7 tables & 28 chairs
  • Hamlin: $2,500 - 3D printers, drones & lego roller coasters & robots

2019 School Grants

  • Florence:  $2,500.00 - Playground equipments
  • Hamlin:  $2,500.00 - 2 zSpace computers & goggles

2018 School Grants

  • Castlewood:  $2,499 - Robot2 device for Robotics program
  • Estelline: $2,400 - 6 iPads for HS music composition course
  • Hamlin: $2,500 - Robotics kits, iPads, 3D printer & drones
  • Henry: $2,500 - VexEDR robots kits & coding curriculum

2017 School Grants

  • Clark:  $2,000 - STEM kits for new Clark Elementary science lab
  • Deuel: $2,500 - Financial support for JAG (Jobs for America's Graduates)

Total Granted: $45,399