Board of Directors

Interested in Joining the Board?

It is a balmy summer…. err… fall morning in September and the kids have been back to school for a couple weeks now. As everyone is getting back into their school year routines, so is the Austin Public Education Foundation. We are actively seeking a new member of the foundation board. Board members can expect to be involved in the following activities:

  • Attend monthly board meetings on the 1st Tuesday of the month in the AHS Musuem.
  • Provide input regarding teacher grants that are approved annually.
  • Participate in planning the annual Packer Classic Golf Tournament that occurs the 3rd Monday in July.
  • Advocate and be a Champion for the Foundation within the community.

Board members can be any community member who support Austin Public Education and want to see teachers receive funding for classroom resources that would not otherwise be available through regular budgeting.

If this is something you are interested in, please contact Board President Carolyn Dube at 612-272-8653 or via email at

Thank you, 2019 Packer Classic Sponsors

Earlier this week, we wrapped up our 22nd annual Packer Classic Golf Fundraiser. It was a hot but breezy day, making it an enjoyable afternoon of golf at the Austin Country Club. We want to extend our gratitude for our sponsors and golfers, particularly for their support of the Austin Public Education Foundation Grants. Each year, we are able to give grants totaling over $40,000 to teachers across the district for tools and resources that allow them to enhance student learning in their classrooms.

Red and White Sponsors

Ameriprise Financial – Randy Kramer

ATS&R Architects

Austin Education Association

Bremer Bank

First Farmers and Merchants Bank

Home Federal Savings Bank

Palmer Bus Service

District 492 Sponsor

Edward Jones

Packer Backer Sponsors

Accentra Credit Union

AHS Alumni and Friends Association

Cornerstone Church

Astrup Drug – Sterling Drug Inc.

Harty Mechanical

Medicap Pharmacy

Overby Orthodontics

Potach & Mitchell Dental Clinic

Randy Bailey, AHS Class of ’78

U.S. Bank


Worlein Funeral Home


Kuehn Motor Company

Diamond Ridge Printing

Lunch Sponsor

Tom and Lori Day

Beverage/Snack Sponsor

Culligan Water

Carolyn and Todd Dube

Media Sponsors

Austin Daily Herald

Mower County Shopper

KAUS Radio

Raffle Prize Donors

Hormel Foods

Historic Hormel Home

Austin Country Club

The Hardy Geranium

Rydjor Bike

Mower County Shopper

Jason Tischer

Minnesota Vikings

Downtown Austin retailers including Real Deals, Tendermaid, Gravity Storm Brewery, Steve’s Pizza, Austin Artworks Center, B & J Bar and Grill, Coffee House on Main, Bendixen Jewelry, Lou’s Forever Framing, and Rave Nutrition.

Sign up for this year’s Packer Classic

The 2019 Packer Classic is open for registration.

July 15th, 2019 – Austin Country Club

  • 11:00 AM – Registration opens
  • 11:10 AM – Putting contest begins
  • 11:30 AM – Lunch at your leisure
  • 12:30 PM – Shotgun start
  • 5:30 PM – Light meal, awards presentation

Download the registration form below to sign up. Get a team of 4 players together or just sign up and we’ll connect you with a team. Even better – become a sponsor with prominent signage and recognition throughout the tournament.

For more information, contact:

Amanda Gafkjen, Executive Director of the Austin Public Education Foundation:
Phone: 507.460.1938 Email:

2019-2020 Educational Grant Recipients

We are pleased to announce this year’s recipients of our 2019-2020 educational grants. These teachers and coaches wrote grants requesting funds for the projects and materials described below:

Austin High School

ProjectGrant WritersApproved
9th Grade Reader’s Workshop Libraries Levon Larson, Emily Hovland,
& Leslie Leffers
Coding in Math Stations Josephine Winter $931.68
Classroom Sensory Furniture Bobbie Stone $654.94
Giant Floor Continent Map and Materials Lisa Sanders $1,900.00
Unified Physical Education Class CreationJacy Bodi $1,500.00
Horizon Program Science Supplies Kristen Frana $466.99
Pottery Wheel Jesse Smith $1,365.95

IJ Holton

Project Grant Writers Approved
Stop Motion Lego SetJenny Madsen $482.67
EL Social and Emotional Visual Supports Angela Thoen $149.78

Banfield Elementary

ProjectGrant Writers Approved
6 Gopher TumblePro MatsSteve Bamrick $4,011.93
The Short Series: Complete Library Stephanie Fehn $764.50
1st Grade Science STEM Centers Nicole Edwards $544.73
3rd Grade Math Manipulatives Mallory Harber $1,409.24
Mr. Rodgers’ Won’t You Be My Neighbor Program Sue Conway $500.00
Horizon Wonder Workshop Robots/Bloxels Jodi VanPelt $401.67
3rd Grade Reading Enrichment Materials John Schneider $518.92

Neveln Elementary

Project Grant Writers Approved
Scholastic Ready to Go Classroom LibraryErik LaRock, Julie Nelson, & Shelly Weinmann $1,035.00
Math and Reading Center MaterialsKate Jordal & Robin Witham $442.99
Comprehension Connections Maria Mickelson & Janene Lunning $826.70
Self‐Regulation Tool Boxes for Each Classroom Stephanie Emanuel $1,203.03
Leveled Literacy Intervention Booster Pack Marilyn Oswald & Tracy Garry $440.00
1st Grade Fine and Gross Motor Practice Kits Michele Braun, Maddison Reuter, & Amber Rochat $633.93
1st and 2nd Grade Recess Cart Amber Rochat $597.04

Southgate Elementary

ProjectGrant WriterApproved
2nd grade Steam KitsAbbie Hoyle $992.30
200 Egghead Headphones Christy Halsey $900.00
4th Grade Kagan Strategies Books Lisa Deyo, Morgan Dickman, Cassie LaRock, Kurt Sorgatz, & Ryan Timm $406.00
Merge Cube Jer Osgood $100.00
K’Nex Building Sets Jer Osgood $173.00
2 Lego Education Community Sets Traci Braaten $477.86

Sumner Elementary

ProjectGrant WriterApproved
2 Big Book Classroom LibrariesRobyn Snow $1921.96
4th Grade Learning Suite Math Learning Wrap-ups Alyssa DeAdder $638.00
2nd Grade Math and Reading Palettes Angie Jannsen $1739.94
Phonics Books for Struggling Readers Hannah Gwin $415.97

Woodson Kindergarten Center

ProjectGrant WriterApproved
Sphero Spark, Beebot Card Mat, & 6 Square Panda Multisensory SystemsAmy Learn & Rachel Kaplan $490.00
10 Square Panda Multisensory Systems Christine Kasak & Crystal Pepper $495.00
Sensory Paths for each Critter Team Alisha Galle and Rachel Kaplan $683.00

Community Learning Center

ProjectGrant WriterApproved
Early Childhood Manipulatives,Toys, & Sensory Tools
Kirby Bussman and Steph Bonjour $1516.66

Oakland Education Center

ProjectGrant WriterApproved
OHD Sensory Items Lisa Row $429.88


Project Sites ImpactedGrant WriterApproved
Sensory PathsSumner & Neveln Maureen Noterman $1100.50
Books on self-regulation, growth mindset,
bullying, & classroom/school skills
Sumner & Neveln Maureen Noterman $175.56
2nd and 3rd grade Charts and Visuals Banfield, Neveln,
Southgate, & Sumner
Katie Tharp, Kim Zerke, &David Hovland $3800.00

Total (43 Grants Approved) $40,753.31

2019 Eberhart Poetry Contest

This annual event is in partnership with the Friends of the Austin Public Library, Austin Public Education Foundation, and the Historic Hormel Home.

Congratulations to the following prize-winning poets from the 2019 Eberhart Poetry Contest:

  • Carter McRae, Kindergarten – Woodson Kindergarten Center
  • Ayden Keefe, grade 3 – Banfield Elementary School
  • Sawyer Loucks, grade 2 – Neveln Elementary School
  • Callie McRae, grade 3 – Southgate Elementary School
  • Daniel Jimenez Gonzalez, grade 1 – Sumner Elementary School
  • Emma Stanley, grade 6: IJ Holton Intermediate School
  • Ariana Keefe, grade 7: Ellis Middle School
  • Cassity Nangle, grade 12: Austin High School

Special thanks to the AHS Language Arts department for their assistance with the judging!