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 Winners

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!