Part of a series focusing on Southwest Initiative Foundation’s 30 for 30, a selection of 30 people, organizations and business to give a snapshot of all those who make southwest Minnesota a special place.
Alex Carlson believes in the power of change. Entering his fifth year as an active member of the Litchfield Public School Foundation, Alex is passionate about positively impacting students. He said the Southwest Initiative Foundation has always believed in the power of connections, and that’s reflected in the support of organizations like the Litchfield Public School Foundation.
For Alex, it’s all about “contributing to something we value tremendously—and that’s our kids.” He said it’s about the ties of a community and believing in the power the current generation can have on future ones. Each year, the Litchfield Public School Foundation (LPSF) raises money that will ultimately touch the lives of local kids, and make a difference in the classroom. Alex believes everyone on the Foundation’s committee is a change maker—each of the past four years they’ve raised awareness of the LPSF as well as how the generosity of the community is positively impacting the school district.
LPSF works in partnership with the Litchfield Area Community Foundation, which is one of SWIF’s 25 local affiliates serving specific communities in our region. LPSF wants to support teachers’ work by making funds available for them to purchase additional tools, resources and supplies that can enhance their classrooms! Over $38,000 has been granted back to the district in the past four years for 33 different projects. The projects that have received funds range from supplies for individual instruction to materials that impact entire grade levels.
When asked who inspires him, Alex’s answer came without hesitation. “My kids. I have three kids, and besides marrying my wife, they’re the greatest thing that has ever happened to me.” It’s this inspiration and influence which led Alex to become a volunteer with the Litchfield Public School Foundation, and to continue to support and impact his community. Litchfield, like all of our community foundations, is chockfull of individuals like Alex who are motivated to positively make a difference. As a result, there’s a bright future ahead for local children and educators.
As for what’s next, Alex says that’s easy. The Litchfield Public School Foundation will continue to raise awareness for local issues, volunteers will remain supportive of educators and students, and together they will work on building on the positive results that have been seen so far. Information about the projects that have received funding can be found on the LPSF website here.