Giving and Growing

Great Expectations Foundation

The purpose of Great Expectations Foundation (GEF) is to provide leadership support, financial support, and community support to Great Expectations School. It is a nonprofit organization incorporated under the laws of the State of Minnesota.

The Foundation is dedicated to supporting GES: it is a fundraising entity that also holds the mortgage for the school. It raises money to support the development of educators and staff, learning opportunities for students, and facility needs.

We are actively recruiting Foundation Board members for this year. The Board typically meets 6 times per year. The Board manages the mortgage for the school building, develops and maintains a fund for long-term building maintenance, and raises money for the school. If you are interested in joining the Board, please contact the Foundation Board Chairperson.

GEF Board Members:


Chair: Jeff Kern
Term Ends: December 2020

Vice Chair: Howard Hedstrom
Term Ends: March 2021

Secretary & Building Committee:
Term Ends: June 2018

Treasurer: Bob Padzieski
Term Ends: December 2021

Member at Large: Tom Morse – Fundraising Committee


Term Ends: March 2021

Member at Large: Beth Kennedy – Fundraising Committee
Term Ends: March 2021

Liaison from Great Expectations School Board: Peter James

Many thanks to past Board Members:

Patty Nordahl
Beth Kennedy
Deb Mueller
Maria Carlson
Thelma Hedstrom
Nina Simonowicz
Michael Garry
Amy James
Beth Ferry
Hartley Newell-Acero
Kristin Blomberg
Erica Hahn
Jan Healy
Brienne Moody

Donations to Great Expectations Foundation can be sent to:
Great Expectations Foundation
PO Box 310
Grand Marais, MN 55604

Or (look for G.E.F.)

Or write a check to Great Expectations Foundation and drop it off at the School’s front desk.


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Contact Us

Great Expectations is a free public school in Grand Marais, Minnesota that works from the principle of “one child at a time,” where students learn based on their individual strengths, passions, needs, and learning styles


PO Box 310
Grand Marais, MN 55604