Each September, teachers and students in the district are invited to submit an Educational Grant Proposal. Pending School Principal and District Administrator approval, members review and determine grant funding. Annual funding varies and has been as high as $3,000 (2009-2010) due in part to the generous donations of alumni and community members.
Grants awarded for the 2010-2011 school year included partial or full funding for the following applications: Two Give Me Five reading programs; DEMO Mania Presentation by Mr. John Hauber; Sixth Grade Book Club; Guthrie Theater Field Trip; Let's Get Reading! subscription to RAZ Kids; Flip Video Cameras for K-12.
Several Shell Lake faculty submitted grant applications and 7 grants were awarded during the 2009-10 school year comprising classroom students ages Kindergarten through High School. The Kindergartners now have a new listening center allowing them to eliminate distractions while working on literacy. Grade 3-6 students completed numerous activities in school and the community which encouraged the development of good character qualities. 6th grade students were able to advance their reading strategies with the purchase of a Book Club program and materials. Resource materials regarding gifted and talented student characteristics and education were purchased, catalogued, and housed for the K-8 GATE Resource Library; resources are made available to parents, staff, and administration. SLEF funds offset a portion of costs for English 9 students to attend the presentation of Romeo and Juliet at the Guthrie Theater in the Twin Cities as part of their introduction to Shakespeare in the English curriculum. Supplies and games were replaced and expanded to provide an interactive opportunity between select high school and elementary students for the Student Mentors Involved in Leading Elementary Students (SMILES) Mentorship Program. The high school students serve as positive role models for younger students and students are able to receive relational attention and support they might not have otherwise received. Advanced Biology students learned how to analyze and separate DNA, RNA and protein molecules using an electric current applied to a gel matrix with the purchase of a Gel Electrophoresis Apparatus.