Foundation Impact at Groveland

2018-19 Foundation Teacher Grants for Groveland

Little Idea, Big Difference

Grace Mevissen | Awarded $1,000
from the Youth Citizenship Fund

This grant will use critical literacy to promote social justice through book clubs. Students will create solutions to problems they have read about.





Putting the “Play” Back in Playground
Erin Michael | Awarded $5,940
For Clear Springs, Excelsior, Groveland & Minnewashta

Portable adaptive play equipment for recess use by students with special needs or physical disabilities to use with their peers at recess.





Growing Through Grief
Donna Dahl | Awarded $759
For all schools

Funds a Stress Reduction Tool Kit for the Minnetonka Grief Counselor to use in peer support groups, individual sessions, and wile supporting crisis events.



Design for Learning
Nicole Snedden | Awarded $5,000
For all schools

A district wide innovation project that empowers students and staff to transform education through the design of the learning environment.








The Hub Groveland Spanish Students in The Hub




Launching The Hub to Promote Maker-Based Learning


I like to mess around with wiring and technology. It was really cool to tap a carrot and have it play a piano. I have a room in my house I call my lab. When someone gives me a device, I try to fix it and make it work. The Hub tools are another way to tinker and work in the same way


- Groveland 5th Grader

Future workplaces will require people who can problem-solve, adapt and communicate in environments that are increasingly complex.


With $200,000 from our Endowment Fund, the Foundation launched The Hub last year. We provided plugged and unplugged materials to enhance the tonka curricular program and support maker-based learning in all PreK-8 Minnetonka schools.



The Hub materials provided by the Foundation encourage open-ended student-driven learning experiences that encourage creativity, collaboration and teamwork to achieve a goal.

Groveland Ozobots   Groveland students working together







Groveland 4th graders working


  Groveland 3rd graders work on Landform project


I often post photos on precious status
about what we are doing with The Hub and have heard from many parents that their students love using The Hub.

- Groveland Teacher



I liked how it was so creative and very realistic. I love to have the freedom to create whatever I want."
- Groveland Student






The Hub


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We also provide continued financial support for district-wide programs



Design for Learning
A district-wide innovation project that empowers students and staff to transform education through the design of the learning environment.




Parenting with Purpose
Community Book Read Event: Raising Unselfies!

Featuring Michelle Borba, Ed.D, author of “Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World” on November 14, MHS Arts Center.

Save the Date for Foundation Events

November 16
Tour of Tables
Ladies Luncheon
Lafayette Club

February 9
Dream Makers
Minneapolis Event Center




Your Financial Support of the Foundation will be used at Groveland to:

  • Sponsor Groveland teacher grants
  • Provide new Hub materials and technology
  • Replenish Hub consumable items used by students
  • Make future Hub enrichment events possible

"There's a lot of productive energy in the room when we're using The Hub materials. My kids cheer when I say we will be using materials from The Hub.”
- Groveland teacher