Southwest schools benefit from $750,000 donation

Three Southwest schools are among the 16 Minneapolis public schools that will be able to buy new equipment thanks to a $750,000 gift from an anonymous donor.

Armatage Community and Montessori School, 2501 W. 56th St., will receive $55,000 to buy sound-absorbing panels, wall carpet and ceiling tiles for the lunchroom, plus playground drainage improvements and the "Peaceful Playground" program. "Peaceful Playgrounds" maps out new games on playground surfaces that are designed to maximize activity and minimize idleness that can lead to fighting.

Ramsey International Fine Arts Center, 1 W. 49th St., will have $55,000 to buy 69 instruments, a copy machine and 500 cases of copy paper.

Anwatin Middle School, 256 Upton Ave. S., will have $23,000 to buy new classroom chairs, fund its weekly newsletter and renovate its gym floor.

Schools applied to the fund; 56 submitted applications.

The gift was announced Dec. 10, the same day Minneapolis officials unveiled impactschools.org, which allows you to earmark your donations to a specific city school and program.