Donations to the SWWC Foundation support a wide variety of regional student enrichment opportunities for K-12 students ... because we believe that every student, no matter where they live or how much money they have, deserves enrichment experiences that position them to learn, grow and find success. 

regional spelling bee winners


1st place: Alex Sturrock, Grade 8, True Light Christian School, Marshall

2nd Place: Charlie Hanson, Grade 8, Lac qui Parle Valley Public Schools

3rd Place: Roman Gaul, Grade 7, Marshall Public Schools

4th Place: Jayden Gleis, Grade 8, Murray County Central Schools

5th Place: Charles Thompson, Grade 6, Marshall Public Schools


Spring Enrichment Events

Senior High Knowledge Bowl

The SHKB season is drawing to a close with sub-regional and regional competitions.

  • Region 8 Sub-Regionals: March 3 and March 7
  • Region 8 Regional: March 9
  • Region 6 Regional: March 10

The top teams from the regional competitions advance to the SHKB State Tournament in April at Cragun's Resort in Brainerd. Good luck to all teams!

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The Schwan's Culinary Skills Challenge features high school students showcasing their artistic and scientific creations through hands-on competitions and seminars. Competitions include baking science, cake decorating, culinary, food art, knife skills, menu design, and place setting/napkin folding. The event is held at SMSU in Marshall.


Students in grades 3-12 were invited to submit poetry, fiction and non-fiction writings by January 23. The Creative Writing Contest Awards Ceremony will be held on April 23 to honor the top finishers in each age group and category. Winning submissions will be published in the 2023 Anthology. This event is a partnership between SWWC and the SMSU Creative Writing Department. 

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The Science and Nature Conference will be held on May 9 at SMSU in Marshall. The keynote speaker will be Dazzling Dave, a professional yo-yo performer. Students will then attend three sessions from a list of 26 different hands-on, interactive breakout sessions. This is a GREAT opportunity to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering and math!


Planning for 2023 Camp Aspire has begun and more information will be shared with schools and families in the coming weeks. Camp Aspire, held in June at SWWC's ELC in Pipestone, is sponsored by the Monogram Foods Loves Kids Foundation. 

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Thank you

Support from businesses, foundations and individuals make regional enrichment opportunities possible. THANK YOU!

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Southwest Initiative Foundation logo
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MDU Resources Foundation logo
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Otter Tail Power Company Foundation logo

Shelly Maes, Executive Director

SWWC Foundation for Innovation in Education

1420 East College Drive

Marshall, MN 56258