At this year's SpudTacular Gala, the Legacy Foundation announced the recipients of 2020's Spud Impact Teacher Grants. The grants will fund 14 hands-on, innovative opportunities and will impact student learning during the 2020-21 school year. Congratulations!
News Release by Moorhead Area Public Schools:
Only six months ago, our worlds were completely changed by COVID-19. Now, social distancing, wearing face coverings and avoiding large crowds isn't normal, but has become routine. As we enter the 2020-21 school year, masks are required for all students and staff while in school. Our caring community immediately reached out to see how they can help their fellow Spuds. The outpouring of support needed an organized, centralized approach. That’s where Moorhead Legacy Education Foundation stepped in to lead a face mask drive for Moorhead Area Public School students in need. If you are interested in helping, there are several ways to help our students.
Donate homemade or store-bought cloth masks:
If you have additional questions related to the mask drive, contact Moorhead Legacy Education Foundation at email@example.com.
Moorhead Schools Legacy Foundation and Moorhead Area Education Foundation are joining forces in supporting Moorhead’s schools and students. In July 2019, each board of directors voted unanimously to merge as one entity, called Moorhead Legacy Education Foundation.
MAEF has primarily provided graduating seniors with scholarships and teachers with grants through funding from endowed funds. MSLF has been providing teacher grants within Moorhead Schools and holding fundraising events to pay for snack/milk breaks for current elementary students in the district. Together, the newly merged board of directors aims to address the needs of students in grades K-12 and beyond, while also supporting the staff and facilities of Moorhead Area Public Schools.
MAEF President Lisa Staiger said, “Together we can do more for the students and teachers of Moorhead Public Schools. Our goals are bigger, and we believe our reach will be higher now that we have merged to form Moorhead Legacy Education Foundation.”
The announcement of the merger was made at the Moorhead Schools all-staff assembly on Aug. 26. The merged foundation’s first joint event will be the SpudTacular Gala, with entertainment by Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome, on Oct. 5. Tickets and sponsored tables are available for purchase at www.MoorheadLegacy.org.
Photo: Lisa Staiger, Janelle Leiseth and Rob Bye announce the merger of the two education foundations to the assembly of Moorhead Area Public Schools employees on Aug. 26. The new Moorhead Legacy Education Foundation board will have 12 members under the executive leadership of Janelle Leiseth, Chair; Lisa Staiger, Vice Chair; Heidi Gregoire, Secretary; and Pete Larson, Treasurer.
With help from donors, Moorhead Schools Legacy Foundation wants students in Moorhead Area Public Schools to receive milk and snack break, even if their families are struggling to make ends meet. On Feb. 14, the Legacy Foundation will be part of Giving Hearts Day 2019, and contributions to the foundation’s Food for Thought campaign will fund this effort.
Donations made on Giving Hearts Day, which is co-hosted by Dakota Medical Foundation, Impact Foundation and Alex Stern Family Foundation, will be matched, furthering the impact. Learn more at www.givingheartsday.org.
Currently more than 900 of the 2,600 K-4 elementary students in Moorhead Area Public Schools are eligible for free or reduced-price meals, but this program doesn’t cover the cost for elementary milk and snack break or fill the gaps when families’ financial situations change. For some students daily snack break is one of their meals.
In 2017, Moorhead Schools Legacy Foundation’s Giving Hearts Day Food for Thought campaign raised funds to support 200 students, providing them with milk and snack so they could learn and focus in the classroom. In 2018, more than 180 donors raised $13,900 for the Legacy Foundation’s Food for Thought campaign to provide students in need in Moorhead Area Public Schools with milk/snack.
This year the Legacy Foundation wants more students to be able to focus and learn better in the classroom by providing funds to the schools to support milk, snack and critical needs. Donations may be made at www.givingheartsday.org on Feb. 14 or scheduled in advance.
Moorhead Schools Legacy Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization focused on funding the needs of current and future students in Moorhead Area Public Schools and creating an endowment to support the schools in the future. Learn more at www.moorheadlegacy.org.
The Moorhead Schools Legacy Foundation was awarded a prestigious $10,000 Alex Stern Family Foundation grant last month to support the foundation’s Food For Thought campaign, which provides milk and snack to students in need.
For the past two years, the Alex Stern Family Foundation provided grants giving much-needed operational funds for the Moorhead Schools Legacy Foundation. The grant funds allowed the Legacy Foundation to continue its work of making an impact in the Moorhead Schools community by enhancing the school district’s programs and facilities and creating an endowment for the future.
In 2018, more than 180 donors raised $13,900 for the Legacy Foundation’s Food For Thought campaign to provide students in need in Moorhead Area Public Schools with milk/snack and meals. In 2017, donors from the community made it possible for the Moorhead Schools Legacy Foundation to donate more than $9,500 to Moorhead Area Public Schools food and nutrition services to support elementary milk and snack break at the district’s elementary schools.
The Legacy Foundation held its second annual SpudTacular Gala in September 2018, and this fall awarded $5,000 in Spud Student Impact grants to teachers in the Moorhead Schools. The foundation is preparing for its third Giving Hearts Day in February 2019 in support of its Food For Thought campaign to support milk, snack and meals for students in need.
The Moorhead Schools Legacy Foundation is hosting its second annual SpudTacular Gala from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Courtyard by Marriott, 1080 28th Ave. S., Moorhead, to support the educational experience of all students in Moorhead Area Public Schools.
Enjoy cocktails followed by dinner and dancing to Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome, voted one of the best live acts in Fargo-Moorhead.
Join the Moorhead Schools Legacy Foundation to celebrate everything SpudTacular at Moorhead Area Public Schools. In addition to music from Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome, gala goers will enjoy featured performances from the cast of “Newsies,” Moorhead High School’s 2018 fall musical, and selections from Moorhead High School’s Apollo Strings.
Attendees also will have the opportunity to bid on items, including a Carson Wentz autographed framed print, art item from local artist Sue Boyd, a private dinner party, custom “SpudTacular” themed items, and much more.
The gala is made possible by gold sponsors Muscatell Automotive Group, Gehrtz Construction, Zerr Berg Architects, and other sponsors including Fargo Linoleum, American Crystal Sugar, Heyer Engineering, Sanford Health, Sundog/Brent and Jodell Teiken, Blackridge Bank, Dakota Medical Foundation, Bremer Bank/Bremer Insurance, Northwest Blinds, Glacier Snow, Bell Bank, Eide Bailly LLP, Scheel’s, Vogel Law Firm/Corey and Brenda Elmer, Bert’s Truck Equipment, Remax Realty and more.
Donations will help support the educational experience of all students in Moorhead Area Public Schools. Help us empower students to shine and impact tomorrow, today.
Tickets: Purchase tickets online at http://www.moorheadlegacy.org; limited number of tickets available. For information, contact Deb Becker at 218-284-3371.
Date & Time: Saturday, September 29, 2018
6-7 p.m. Cocktails/Auction
7 p.m.-midnight Dinner/Program/Entertainment
Master of Ceremonies: Kevin Wallevand
Entertainment: Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome
The Moorhead Schools Legacy Foundation granted its first round of eight $500 Spud Student Impact Grants last fall to teachers in Moorhead Area Public Schools. The foundation is currently accepting application from Moorhead Area Public Schools educators for the second round of grants to be awarded this fall.
The grants funded several hands-on, innovative opportunities and impacted student learning during the 2017-18 school year. Read about the 2017-18 grants.