Since our inception in 1988, the Mahtomedi Area Educational Foundation has contributed more than $2 million to educational initiatives.
— Suzanne Anderson, Past President

MAEF provides Financial support in three ways

 Mahtomedi Middle School Students use Chromebooks purchased by MAEF

Mahtomedi Middle School Students use Chromebooks purchased by MAEF

  • Grants to teachers and staff of Mahtomedi Public Schools to pursue enrichment opportunities for themselves, their classrooms and the student community
  • Scholarships to students for educational pursuits
  • Sponsorships to organizations and initiatives that further educational excellence in the Mahtomedi School District


2015-2016 Grants and Sponsorships: $169,000 and Growing

Engineering Fund Grants

  • $15,750 granted to Engineering Program initiatives

Hansen Inspired Teacher Grants

  • $15,920.93 granted to 17 teachers and staff for professional learning opportunities that will inspire future teaching
  • $4,374.93 granted to two teachers whose recent learning opportunities have inspired them to bring new resources to the classroom

MAEF Grants

  • $62,903.69 granted to 30 teachers and staff for resources that impact student achievement

Oliver’s Fund Grants

  • $5,370 granted to initiatives that impact student mental wellness and increase awareness of the important issues of mental health and suicide prevention

Student Scholarships

  • More than $55,000 awarded to students to pursue post-secondary education and summer enrichment programs

Support Impacts Learners across settings

Bringing History to Life

  • $445 for interactive Westward Expansion Books in 6th grade social studies classes.
  • $994 for a 6th grade social studies teacher to explore the Minnesota fur trade, lumber and iron industries and enrich his students’ understanding of this curriculum.

Celebrating the Arts

  • $800 to the MHS art department gallery space for two TV monitors to showcase student photography and video projects.
  • $3,392 to the MMS music program for 8 electric guitars w/amps and 6 Jamstiks for Exploring Music classes.
  • $6,350 for five pottery wheels to support hundreds of students in the MHS art department.
  • $1,096 for art adjustable displays in the Chautauqua Fine Arts Center lobby.

Engineering for the Future

  • $1,050 for NAO H25 Evolution Robot software to be used in the MMS FabLab.
  • $3,000 to off-set consumable costs and provide support to students that can not afford the cost of required classroom supplies.
  • $12,750 for Engineering Program operating support.  

Enhancing Math Education

  • $3,050 for a traveling classroom set of 30 graphing calculators for MMS students.
  • $10,000 to create a model innovative, collaborative classroom in the MHS math and computer science department.

Enriching Scientific Exploration 

  • $1,076 for a laptop for LabQuest mobile data collection to the MHS physics department.
  • $1,761 for DNA modeling kits to the MHS science departments.
  • $2,385 for high school MHS physics teachers to attend a modeling workshop focused on aligning instruction and growing student engagement.

Furthering Career Development

  • $467 to the MHS College and Career Center to support MHS juniors attending the 2016 National College Fair.
  • $8,000 for Chromebooks, software, tables and chairs to develop a College and Career Center in MHS.

Investing in Technology

  • $2,636 for iPads to enhance student media technology skills through electronic portfolios in the kindergarten classrooms.
  • $3,000 for the OHA media specialist to attend a seminar to learn ways to enhance the media curriculum and implement technology beyond the media classroom.
  • $10,741 for one set of Chromebooks for the 8th grade language arts program to share.

Meeting Basic Needs so Students Can Focus on Learning

  • $2,500 to St. Andrews Resource Center for backpacks and supplies provided to students at the Back to School Bash.
  • 4,000 to America's Child to provide confidential support of basic student needs district wide including assisting with the cost of clothing, food, educational fees and extra-curricular activities.
  • $2,500 to Mahtomedi Area Food Shelf for the Backpack Food Program providing nutritious, easy to prepare food that is placed in student backpacks before each weekend and break.
  • $1,000 to the Home and School Connection Worker to support basic student needs. 

Preparing Our Youngest Learners

  • $314 for two early childhood educators to attend a conference on theory and curriculum for child development and purchase new classroom materials.

Promoting Health and Wellness

  • $730 to purchase games that promote a growth mindset for students at OHA.
  • $1,739 for heart rate monitors and step counters to measure individual effort to the OHA physical education program.
  • $2,135 to the MMS physical education program for a Chromebook, projector and speaker in each gym.
  • $5,045 for the peer coaches from each school to attend a standards and assessment conference to learn how greater alignment with standards will allow less emphasis on standardized tests.
  • $2,000 for parent education sessions entitled "Building Resilient Children" to support parents of students in early childhood through high school.
  • $570 for depression screening tests for students in 9th and 10th grade.
  • $1,200 for Second Step materials for 3rd, 4th and 5th grades to promote social emotional competence and self regulation.
  • $1,400 for Steve Mireau, a motivational speaker, to work with all 7th grade students on resilience.

Supporting Learners with Unique Needs 

  • $3,000 for a WW specialist to attend a development seminar on dyslexia interventions.
  • $4,960 to MMS for 16 ergonomic, standing desks (2 per classroom) to facilitate different learning needs.

Supporting World Language

  • $350 for a classroom set of headsets with microphones to the MMS Spanish department.
  • $725 to a MMS Spanish department teacher to attend Organic World Language (OWL) Summer Boot Camp.
  • $4,000 to the new MHS American Sign Language program for innovative seating to facilitate Sign Language learning and communication.

Teaching Life Skills

  • $1,195 for BareBook Kits to stimulate more effective writing skills and create a mentorship program between 7th graders and younger buddies.
  • $1,543 to the MHS family and consumer science department for industry-based culinary tools for students in culinary classes.

Valuing Diversity Education

  • $1,126 for a teacher to attend a conference on equity and social justice.