District 279


Supporting Scholars in Osseo Area Schools

District 279 Foundation

Established in 1991

​For over 30 years, District 279 Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, has been dedicated to supporting scholars in Osseo Area Schools. District 279 Foundation funds innovative projects and acknowledges the achievements of scholars and staff at the annual Investment in Youth celebration. Serving the fifth-largest school district in the state of Minnesota, the Foundation’s programs serve scholars in all or parts of Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Corcoran, Dayton, Maple Grove, Osseo, Plymouth and Rogers. 

OUR MISSION is to support and enhance the district's dedication to all scholars.
OUR VISION is to provide learning opportunities for scholars in Osseo Area Schools by funding programs, projects and other opportunities that are not currently funded through the district's budget.
OUR CORE VALUE We believe that there is a moral, social and economic imperative to support scholar success and equitable achievement. 

1) Support scholars through innovative and creative projects that enhance curriculum, experiential learning opportunities or contribute to the community.

2) District 279 Foundation seeks to recognize and celebrate the many achievements and success stories of the scholars, volunteers and staff in Osseo Area Schools at the Investment in Youth celebration. This annual celebration recognizes individuals from each site for their commitment and dedication to our community.

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An audited financial statement is available upon request.

Mary Ellen DeBois, President

​Tom Pellegrino, Vice President

Joan Lunceford, Secretary

Jason Bauerly, Treasurer

Kelly Wilson, Past President 

Ternesha Burroughs

Carmen Cyrzan

Rolanda DeShield

Rachel Devereaux 

Adja Kaba
​Shelly Korby​
Ann Mock
Gretchen Peel
Kyle Peters

Noel Raph

​Jeremy Scheller

Don Skoglund

Don Waletzko

District Liaisons

Dr. Kim Hiel, Superintendent

Tanya Prince, School Board Member

Foundation Staff

Brian Siverson-Hall, Executive Director
Susan Wineland, Development Director