2019 Lynn Mielke Distinguished Educator Award
The White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation presented its 2019 Lynn Mielke Distinguished Educator Award on April 23 to Katie Sorenson, Special Education paraprofessional at Lakeaires Elementary School. Sorenson was nominated by School Psychologist Heather Musich, Administrative Assistant Michon Sommers, and Teachers Laura Bege, Karen Broza and Jennifer Elias. As stated in the nomination letters, “No matter how significant a child’s unique needs, Katie builds a strong relationship with that child, which is based on trust and unconditional acceptance. She always puts others first. You will not find a more dedicated, compassionate or kind person. It is an absolute dream having her in my room everyday!”
2018 Lynn Mielke Distinguished Educator Award
The White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation presented its 2018 Lynn Mielke Distinguished Educator Award on April 24 to Jennifer Funk, Chemical Health Specialist for the WBLAS Secondary Schools.
Funk was nominated by Brian Merhar, School Counselor at South Campus. As stated in the nomination letter, “I have seen first-hand the impact that Jennifer has made on students as they celebrate one day, one month, or even a year or more of sobriety. She is there every step of the way as students pursue a better life for themselves. Countless students say she is the most important adult in their lives as they battle addictions.”
Lynn Mielke was a special education teacher in the White Bear Lake Area School District for more than 25 years. She was known as a warm and loving person who worked to create a positive environment for everyone. After her death several years ago, her family and friends initiated this award to honor her and district employees who followed in her footsteps, always putting at the forefront their compassion and love for children.
We appreciate our many collaborative partnerships. Thank you VHEDC for your community support!
White Bear Lake Magazine - Local Foundations Highlighted
Highlighted in the December 2017 Issue of the White Bear Lake Magazine, local foundations, including The White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation, were highlighted for their help bridging the gap in their schools.
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White Bear Food Shelf opens pantries at 5 local schools - January 2017
The White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation (WBLAEF) has granted $6,000 to the White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf for its newly established school pantry pilot program.
This fall, the White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf (WBAEFS) established on-site food pantries at five schools in the White Bear Lake Area School District. The food for the school pantries is provided by the food shelf and stocked by students in the Transitions work program. The schools include: Sunrise Middle School, the Area Learning Center, Transitions, and North and South High School campuses.
In 2013, the WBAEFS launched a partnership with White Bear Lake Area Schools to provide weekend KID packs for children who might otherwise go hungry over the weekend when food is scarce.