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Nelsons start fund to give La Crosse teachers a classroom boost



A La Crosse area couple with more than 70 years experience as public educators is giving back to the community through a new endowment. 

Randy and Lynn Nelson aim to promote more physical fitness, servant leadership and empathy among students and teachers in La Crosse. 

Randy Nelson was La Crosse School’s superintendent for nearly a decade, while Lynn Nelson taught physical education, recently in Rochester, Minn.

“This is a way for us,” Nelson said, “I think, to put an exclamation point on our own careers by providing some funds that we can make available to teachers in areas that we have seen in our career as really important, and as important staples for us to move our careers forward, but also move communities forward.”

Lynn Nelson wants to promote more outdoor activity for young people…”getting them out on the river, kayaking, canoeing, all those different things. And I’d like to see this grant provide some of those opportunities that maybe their normal budget could not.”

Teachers can begin to apply this fall for the Gold Star grants through the La Crosse Education Foundation.

At least one grant will be given out from the endowment every year.  

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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