Three FLHS programs benefit from TEFFLA grants

Senior receives support for inclusion campaign


The Education Foundation of the Forest Lake Area in July awarded $3,000 in new grants to support three programs underway at Forest Lake High School.

The Opportunities in Emergency Care program received assistance toward the purchase of specialized equipment. The gear is used to treat patients in the EMR/EMT pre-hospital setting, which is the focus of the class. In the first year of the OEC class, students used borrowed equipment.

Mathematics instructor Larry Tietje will use a grant from TEFFLA to add computer stations to his Algebra II classrooms. Tietje uses “flipping,” a teaching approach under which most students watch his lessons online from home so they can work on “homework” under his guidance in the classroom. The new computers will allow students to review the lessons, or get caught up on them, while at school.

Ranger senior Rachel Huset will use a TEFFLA grant to develop and implement an awareness campaign, “Spread the Word to End the Word!” She plans to educate students about the negative impacts the “R-word” (retarded) has on people with intellectual disabilities, as well as their families and friends. The Open Minds Club, a student-driven group, will initiate the campaign. Huset will also encourage other student groups to become part of the campaign to embrace inclusion and acceptance of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

TEFFLA, a non-profit organization, has awarded $10,850 in educational grants over the last three years. See for more information.

Fall fundraiser

“Growing TEFFLA at Waldoch Farm,” an event set for 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, will support the foundation’s endowment. The fall fundraiser will feature wine and beer tasting, appetizers and entertainment by the Forest Lake High School Jazz Band & String Quartet. For more information, contact Laurel Walker at 651-464-0631 or visit