Grants Opportunities

  • Wausau School District / Electrify Your Strings - Mark Wood Clinic

  • Wausau East High School / Experience the World through Postcards

  • St. John Lutheran 4K / Under the Rainbow

  • Marathon Venture Academy / Becoming American Kick-Off

  • St. John Lutheran 4K / A Caterpillar's Palette

  • NTC Alternative High School / Ageless Art

  • St. John Lutheran 4K / Under the Rainbow

  • Wausau West High School / Warrior Cafe

  • St. John Lutheran 4K / A Caterpillar's Palette

  • D.C. Everest Junior High School / Voices of Women in History

  • Wausau West High School / Warrior Cafe

  • Riverside Elementary School / Early STEM Integration

  • Riverside Elementary School / Podcast Production

  • NTC Alternative High School / Ageless Art

  • Rib Mountain Elementary School / Creative Constructors in a Personalized Learning Setting

  • D.C. Everest Junior High School / Action Civics

  • Riverside Elementary School / Podcast Production

  • Idea Charter School / Student-led STEM Laboratory

  • D.C. Everest Junior High School / Wading into Science

  • D.C. Everest Junior High School / Action Civics

  • Idea Charter School / Student-led STEM Laboratory

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Beyond Pencils & Crayons Grants

Beyond Pencils and Beyond Crayons Grants are awarded to 4K-12th grade teachers throughout Marathon County to initiate INNOVATIVE and CREATIVE projects and programs that enhance their curriculum. We are currently seeking applications for the 2018-19 school year. Application deadline is September 30, 2018. Download grant guidelines.  

Through a competitive review process, our selection committee looks for proposals that:

  • fill a specific need
  • are cost-effective
  • provide educational value, and
  • demonstrate a sense of community.

The Community Foundation is proud to award the following Beyond Pencils and Beyond Crayons Grants for the 2017-18 school year:

ATHENS, EDGAR AND WAUSAU SCHOOL DISTRICTS: $2,500

Breaking Barriers: In the Military, In Sports, In Life
Students will hear from members of the 65th Infantry Regiment, nicknamed "the Borinqueneers" who served in the Korean War; and from Sharon Robinson, daughter of legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson

D.C. SCHOOL DISTRICT: $3,000

Advanced Sound Technology
Middle School, Junior High, and High School students will take their music to a professional level of sound production with equipment purchased through this grant

ENRICH, EXCELL, ACHIEVE LEARNING ACADEMY: $625

Education Breakout Boxes
Students sort through clues created in lessons that allow them to open the box, which allows them a hands-on experience to team build, think differently, and work on cooperation and problem solving

JOHN MARSHALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: $827

Ready for Kindergarten Using S.M.A.R.T.
Creating a learning environment that is responsive to students' development needs and works to fill gaps in their readiness skills in order to build stronger foundations for future success in school

MARATHON HIGH SCHOOL: $600

Learning Our History, One Polka at a Time
The high school band will explore the community and county's history by studying "The Wee Willy Polka," a piece that was composed by Marathon resident Earl Blankenhorn in 1945

MARATHON VENTURE ACADEMY: $1,975

Civil War Rights and Sustainability
Through field trips and presentations, students will explore the Civil War and civil rights; and sustainable economics

MOSINEE SCHOOL DISTRICT: $4,200

LittleBits Electronics for Littles
Students will explore how electronic devices work through hands-on, minds-on exploration tied to everyday life situations 

MOUNTAIN BAY and RIVERSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: $1,400

"I'm Done!" Math Fact Fluency Baskets
The baskets will provide fun and engaging ways for students to master number patterns and math facts 

NORTHLAND LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL: $1,188

Let it Rain
Students will collaborate in teams to analyze, problem solve, engineer, and implement an automated watering system for the school's community garden

NORTHLAND LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL: $1,592

Sun-Tracking Solar System Wattage-Production Monitoring Project
Students will develop the methodology for gathering, recording, and analyzing the data from light and weather sensors and report their findings to the community

NTC ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCHOOL: $527

NTC Alternative High School Rocks!
Students will participate in a rock painting art enrichment program

OUR SAVIOR'S LUTHERAN SCHOOL: $1,000

STEM Robotics Enrichment 
Basic robotics instruction will be implemented as a part of the middle school science curriculum

RIVERSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: $3,760

Riverside Robotics
Students will be introduced to the possibilities of coding robots to perform autonomous mission

ROTHSCHILD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: $2,390

Coding and Perseverance  
Students will create, design, and problem solve through the use of digital technology

WAUSAU SCHOOL DISTRICT PLANETARIUM: $4,000

Dream to Discovery - An Aerospace Simulation
Students will be inspired to learn about outer space and engineering concepts through "sneaky science" activities