A student, staff member, board member and the Panther mascot smiling in front of a giant check

What are the official SLP school colors? What part of the Spring Lake Park Schools logo can be found at each campus? How much has the Panther Foundation awarded to Spring Lake Park Schools since 2004?

Those were just a few trivia questions that received 1,200 student submissions and 217 staff submissions as part of the first Panther Pride Sweepstakes that took place over eight school days, September 27-October 6.

“The purpose of the event was to engage the SLP School community with the Panther Foundation and provide an inclusive way for participants to learn more about SLP Schools while benefiting the schools and having fun,” says Allie Schmidt, Panther Foundation Chairperson.

At the end of the eight days, 10 students and 10 staff representing each of our schools/programs were drawn from the pool of submissions. The students won a $50 Panther Store gift card and the opportunity to direct a $500 mini-grant to a project of their choice at their school. Staff won a coveted $50 Panther Store gift card.

"We had so much fun answering the questions and looked forward to the one for the next day,” says Anna Phan, SLP parent. “Thank you to the Panther Foundation for organizing such a fun and inclusive event!"

The Sweepstakes event this year replaced the annual fall Panther Foundation Carnival and Fun Walk/Run.

“With COVID continuing to impact the community and the decline of attendance at the carnival event, the Panther Foundation Board of Directors wanted to find a different way to engage with the community,” says Colleen Pederson, Panther Foundation Executive Director. “The Panther Pride Sweepstakes proved to be a great and entertaining opportunity for all to participate while also providing schools with funds to help support projects that students were interested in supporting.”

Thanks to all who participated and congratulations to our winners!

Student winners and their selected projects:

  • Centerview Elementary – Andrew Pendray, grade 1, an outdoor Gaga Pit
  • Northpoint Elementary – Clara Reberg, grade 2, Special signage for the Northpoint “Houses”
  • Park Terrace Elementary –Vivienne Tschida, grade 1, Book of the Month Club Program
  • Woodcrest Spanish Immersion – Jackson Huang, grade 1, Virtual Reality headsets to enhance learning
  • Westwood Intermediate School – Jacob Mitef, grade 5, cafeteria bingo games
  • Westwood Middle School – Neveah Griffin, grade 7, indoor recess games
  • Spring Lake Park High School – Anders Hollen, grade 10, additional seating for the courtyard
  • Lighthouse School – Mahdi Sabur, grade 3, project to be determined
  • Early Childhood – Anna Lu, a Works Museum STEM activity
  • SLP Online – Myla Phan, grade 3, project to be determined

Staff winners:

  • Centerview Elementary – Sarah Ksepka
  • Northpoint Elementary – Audrey Hendrickson
  • Park Terrace Elementary – Elizabeth Ketz
  • Woodcrest Spanish Immersion – Diana Cobbs
  • Westwood Intermediate School – Jalene Rosengren
  • Westwood Middle School – Dan Cooper
  • Spring Lake Park High School – Amanda Preisinger
  • Lighthouse School – Kaleen Tison Povis
  • Early Childhood – Christine Mueller
  • SLP Online – Laura Pena-Kennedy

View the Sweepstakes Photo Album 

Panther Pride Sweepstakes 2021