Kohler School Foundation

Taking students beyond the basics of public education

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"Tomorrow's future is sitting in our classrooms, and they are our responsibility."

-Nadia Lopez


To the Class of 2017 - It's an exciting time of year!  You have been emailed to your school accounts information with direct links to the online scholarship applications offered through the Kohler School Foundation.  We welcome you to apply for any or all of these scholarships. 

All applications must be submitted no later than 8:00 am on Monday, February 27, 2017.  No exceptions.


Check out the pictures from Fall Follies 2016.  We sure had a blast!

Kohler School Foundation’s Fall Follies Rocked through the Decades

Where can you find Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, Prince, the Spice Girls, Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, Sony Bono, Nancy and Frank Sinatra, and a whole host of rockers? At Fall Follies, of course!  The Kohler School Foundation’s tenth annual event celebrated a decade of giving to the school district on October 29, 2016 at the American Club.


Thanks to the support of both individuals and corporate sponsors, the event raised well over a hundred thousand dollars for the Foundation’s Annual Fund, which will, in turn, be given to Kohler Schools in the form of grants that align strategically with the district’s priorities.


“It was so great to see the support of the community and we were thrilled to have had such a great turnout in our tenth year,” said Heather Torke. “So many attendees got into the spirit of the theme and it was a great evening for the school. We are grateful to those who support public education.  It makes a huge difference to the students and staff at Kohler Schools.” 


Of significance this year, attendees and the community, together with the help of Prevea and the Brotz Family Foundation, raised a total of $45,000 toward a multimedia initiative.  The initiative provides students of all school ages the opportunity to create videos, compose music, produce movies and share them with others.  Included in the Multimedia Technology Suite is a lab of several Mac computers with industry-standard creative software, state-of-the-art video and sound equipment for recording, capacity to upload and share projects, and projection technology and a sound system to display the students’ authentically creative work in the cafeteria.  “This initiative is a perfect example of going beyond the basics of public education,” states Foundation board member, Nina Kohler, “It empowers children at all grade levels to be innovative in the way they express themselves and continues to expand the classroom beyond the four walls of the school.  We are happy to enhance the curriculum in the visual and performing arts departments.  Thanks to the support at Fall Follies, a vision of this magnitude suddenly becomes a reality.”  


The Kohler School Foundation appreciates such tremendous support in the community for the staff and students at Kohler Schools. You ROCKED!

Frequently Asked Questions this Time of Year

1.      What IS the Foundation?

The Kohler School Foundation is a non-profit organization that grants money to initiatives that support the Kohler School District’s strategic priorities, provide scholarships to graduating seniors, and take the district beyond the basics of what the typical public school budget allows.  The Kohler School Foundation’s funding is designated solely to support the school district.

2.      What is Fall Follies?

In its tenth year, Fall Follies is an evening that brings together the District’s supporters:  community, staff, and corporate contributors.  It celebrates both school and community and is a great opportunity to meet new neighbors, connect with others, or enjoy a night out without the kids!  The proceeds from this silent and live auction fundraiser go toward the Annual Fund, directly impacting the next school year.  It will be held October 29 at the American Club.  The ballroom is quickly filling. Please register before it's too late!

3.      How can I give if I cannot attend Fall Follies?

The event has become a wonderful celebration known for fun and camaraderie, but if you’re unable to attend, there are other ways to give.  You may:

  • Write a check for a tax-deductible donation to the Kohler School Foundation and deliver it the Foundation’s mail slot at school or send to: Kohler School Foundation, 333 Upper Road, Kohler, WI 53044.


  • Donate online through clicking on GIVE.


  • Bid on auction items online through The Kohler School Foundation’s Giving Center will go live for online bidding on October 21.  You may bid on items from miles away up through the evening of the event and you will be notified if you have won an item.  There are a few special items, however, that will only be available at the event itself.


  • Donate an auction item for the 2017 Fall Follies.


Any way you contribute, it makes a difference to the students and faculty at Kohler Schools.

4.      What do I wear to Fall Follies? (Believe it or not, this question gets asked often)!

Fall Follies is intended to be FUN – not stressful!  It is a casual event meant for comfortable conversation and, of course, dancing!  That said, with a different twist each year, you will NOT be out of place if you “dress the part.” Don’t be surprised with this year’s theme, “Rockin’ through the Decades” if you spot your favorite rock star or encounter entire tables of guests sporting the look of a great rock era!


5.      Who IS the Kohler School Foundation?

YOU are. While the organization is comprised of a Board of Directors and has a couple sub-committees, without the dedication and support of you, the Foundation would simply not exist.


Fall Follies 2016 is sure to be a fantastic event. Come join the Kohler School Foundation in celebrating a decade of giving!



2015 Fall Follies Pictures

Thank you so much to those who supported the 2015 Fall Follies.  What a great evening we had!  "HAIR" they are! Click on the link below to check out the pictures....

Fall Follies 2015 Event Pictures

2014 Fall Follies in Pictures

What a great evening we had!  It was such a tremendous success in so many ways.  To view the pictures from Fall Follies 2014, click here... and Enjoy!

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Kohler School Foundation is pleased to announce the completion of a $93,442 grant to Kohler Public Schools that support the students and faculty through initiatives that line up directly with the district’s strategic plan.  Collaborating with faculty, each grant request is carefully created by the administration, individually considered by the Foundation’s Board of Directors and voted on for approval.  After seven years of Fall Follies events to raise money for the Annual Fund, 2013 was its largest “fun-raiser” to date, resulting in the ability to make lasting enhancements to the school. 


The Kohler School Foundation strives to invest in programming that enhances the academic experience and help take the Kohler Public Schools experience beyond the basics of what the existing district budget could provide.  It’s important to the Foundation to also consider its donors’ wishes; ensuring each tax-deductible contribution is designated for its intended purpose.


The district’s grant proposal focused on three strategic plan priorities. The first expands technology capacity through tools that will provide student access to the new district wireless infrastructure to enhance learning, exploration, and creativity.  The second helps develop a positive school climate and culture by investment in student leadership development, advisory, and Ebben Field. The third focuses on maximizing student achievement for all students supported by an evidence-based reading and math intervention system and an economics education program.  The following is a summary of where the approved grant money was designated:


Create a Technology-enabled Learning Environment


  • One (1) classroom set of 30 laptops, including accidental damage protection and mobile lab to be used throughout the school.
  • Purchase and installation of 10 additional SMART boards in elementary classrooms.  This doubles the amount of SMART boards at the elementary level.


Build a Positive School Community & Culture


  • Respond to school and community request to update Ebben Field Facility. 
  • Provide each high school advisory group with a variety of team building opportunities throughout the year.  This provides experiences that build a sense of cohesion and team within each high school multi-grade level advisory group.
  • Respond to student requests from a student-driven advisory plan and leadership commitments made during a half-day experience
  • Provide a ropes and challenge experience for Senior Class as they begin senior year to build cohesion within the class and develop leadership capacity.


Maximize Achievement and Growth for Every Student


  • Purchase of a Leveled Literacy Intervention System for grades K-4.  Evidence based reading and math interventions and progress monitoring tools are essential components of the district multilevel system of support.  Providing targeted, intensive and supportive interventions to students prior to identifying a specific learning disability is a state requirement.  Also includes purchase of Do the Math Now intensive math intervention systemfor middle school grades 6-8.
  • Junior Achievement Financial Park month-long economics education program to offer all 8th grade students.  Includes opportunity to engage with an onsite/virtual community putting learnings of economic options and principles of budgeting into practice.



All of this support comes directly from Fall Follies: the increasingly popular community “fun-raiser” dinner with a silent and live auction. Kohler School Foundation Board Member, Pete Schueller, summarizes the event, “Fall Follies effectively serves two purposes:  it allows our community to gather in support of public education and it is a great reason for friends, neighbors, parents and business leaders to get together and have a great time.” 


The eighth annual Fall Follies will be held October 11, 2014 at the American Club.  The entire community is invited to attend this casual event.  This year the Foundation plans to incorporate light-hearted fun with the “Game Night” theme- intended to be an adult evening with a child-like spirit.  There will also be an exciting repeat performance from DJ Suga Ray, the overwhelmingly popular guest DJ who entertained at the 2012 Fall Follies and has since spun for Good Morning America, The Tiger Woods Foundation, and Matt Damon, just to name a few.  Tickets are $37.50 each and will soon be available for purchase at or through the district office.


Take a look at the 2014 event!  View and order prints from the Fall Follies 2013 EVENT PICTURES.   Enjoy the memories of the evening! 




Often, the Kohler School Foundation is asked where the funds they raise go.  Whether $10 or $10,000 is received from a donor, the goal of the Foundation is to continue to bring meaning to its benefactors and value to the district.


Over the past six years, the Annual Fund has been fed primarily through the Fall Follies – the Foundation’s annual fundraising event.  The growth of this event directly impacts the growth of the opportunities the district can offer to its students and faculty.


Generally, the Foundation looks directly to the District Administration for initiatives that would otherwise not be met by the budget.  Working together with the staff, a grant proposal is submitted by the district with initiatives that follow the strategic direction of the school.  Some of these campaigns are larger capital planning items, but no request is too small. 


While the Foundation entertains many types of requests, grant proposals have recently been centered around benefiting a larger number of students, providing resources that enhance the student body’s academic experience, and generating momentum of the district.  “In the past, technology has been a large component of the Foundation’s grants,” said Marlene Yang, President of the School Board, “By being connected through the world of smart boards, overhead projection units and distance learning, the district is able to offer the student body more.  It provides additional options for the staff to teach in an engaging, visual way.”  But technology is not the only piece emphasized.


“The Kohler School Foundation also looks at areas where they can help the whole student.  It’s important to understand that students coming from Kohler Schools develop character, wellness, and leadership in addition to academics.  The Foundation allows the means to help promote programs that support these areas in addition to technology.”


In total, funds granted in the past year were estimated at $73,500.  Below is a list of the initiatives granted by the Kohler School Foundation in the 2012-13 year:




Estimated Amount


Mobile Laptop Labs


Two (2) complete labs, includes a total of sixty (60) laptops, 2 mobile carts, damage protection




Projection Units

Seven (7), six for classrooms, one for Theater


Smart Boards

Three (3), equipment and install


High School Advisory Team Building Events

  • Kick-off event
  • Community Svc. Days
  • Olympics
  • Focus Subject Speaker
  • Year End Event


Student Requests and Leadership Commitments from Half-day Experience

Advisory Supplies = $600

Expand Senior Center = $600



Senior Experiential Learning

Ropes Course at Kohler Experiential Learning Center for

  • 45 Seniors
  • 2 advisors


Website Update and Enhancements

Redesign of and enhancements to School website that promotes overall ease of use for faculty, parents, prospective families (year one of three year commitment)


JA Biztown and Finance Park

Support for 124 Students and six (6) substitute teachers to attend Junior Achievement Biztown and Finance Park






The grant to the district has not gone unnoticed.  “The support of the Foundation has allowed us to do things above and beyond what a typical public school is able to do,” said Quynh Trueblood, Superintendent of Kohler School District, “I really believe that by continuing to provide these opportunities to our students, they, in turn, will continue to flourish after graduation.  The grants over the past few years have also helped retain our resident students and attract new students to our schools; something that is important to our district’s success.”


Kohler School Foundation Outgoing Board Member and long-time resident, Carol Grover, sees another benefit to the grants.  “The support of the entire community is just great.  There is so much tradition behind Kohler Schools.  There’s always been a spirit of community support.  The Fall Follies is the just perfect place for people to gather together and contribute in some way.  All of the donors can feel really good about supporting what’s been so important to the kids over the years.”


The seventh annual Fall Follies will be held Friday, October 11, 2013, at the American Club.  The entire community is invited to attend.  Tickets to this casual event are $37.50 and may be purchased online at or paid via check to the Kohler School Foundation and turned in at the District Office. 

In Process Sneak Peek - Amazing Chairs Up for Auction by Our Student Artists



Fall Follies - October 11, 2013

Fall Follies 2013 will be held the evening of Friday, October 11, 2013.  Once again, we will have great entertainment, silent and live auctions, and loads of fun.  

The theme this year?  Diamonds & Denim.  It's a great combination for a classy, yet casual evening with our Kohler School District community.

Mark your calendars for another great event benefiting Kohler Schools. 


Pictures from 2012

Fall Follies 2012 was a fantastic evening!  Click on the link below to see for yourselves:

Pictures of 2012 Fall Follies

Student Artwork on the Block at Fall Follies 2012


A-List DJ to Spin Records at Kohler School Foundation’s Fall Follies October 13, 2012

Plans for this year’s Kohler School Foundation’s Fall Follies event, to be held at The American Club on October 13, are well underway.  This year’s “fun-raiser” will feature DJ Suga Ray, an incredibly gifted nationally known A-list DJ from New York City.

DJ Suga Ray is known for his fast record flipping, encyclopedic knowledge of music and live record mixes.  He has spun parties for Jennifer Aniston, Ludacris, Matt Damon, Google, HBO Premieres, and TigerJam and is certain to ensure Fall Follies is an evening one won’t soon forget.

With its annual Fall Follies, the Kohler School Foundation works to raise funds to help take the Kohler School experience beyond the basics of public education. In the past the event has helped to fund iPad and laptop mobile labs, Distance Learning Center construction, overhead projection units for classrooms, scholarships, and events like Challenge Day and support of the Kind Matters campaign.  It is a community event that hopes to draw parents, faculty, business leaders and friends of education to support the cause.  Our children’s education is worth the investment.

Invitations will be available in early September.  The event is open to the community:  Village residents, parents, corporations, alumni and friends are all encouraged to register early, as space is limited.


The Kohler School Foundation wishes to extend our heartfelt congratulations to the Class of 2012 on a job well done.  We are proud of you!

the iPads are official!

Kohler Elementary
The Technology Club shows off some of the new iPads.  Thank you to our generous donors who made this possible!