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District 230 Foundation awards $25k in grants

Updated: August 1, 2013 6:37PM



The District 230 Foundation recently announced recipients of eight grants totaling $25,000 to support innovative learning at Sandburg, Stagg and Andrew high schools.

Recipients were selected from 26 applications totaling more than $95,000 in requests.

Kristin Pila, Phil Dryer and Dave Kreis earned a grant to provide district students interested in medical careers the opportunity to listen to a series of speakers and participate in hands-on labs guided by those experts.

Lynn Robinson, Nitya Viswanath and Laura Schmuck received a grant for students in French classes across the district to explore, investigate, make predictions and describe science phenomena while using the French language. Students will acquire new science-related vocabulary within the world language they are studying through investigations, writing, discussion and presentations.

At Stagg, Giedre Kazlauskas’ proposal for an international pen pal project earned a mini-grant that will pair English language learners with high school students around the world.

Stagg teachers Karen Fitzgerald, Amy Yeaman, Amy Brown, Lisa Thayer and Mary Ogarek earned a grant for their writing in the real world proposal. The program will connect students with authors and teach them the power of language and its importance in society.

At Sandburg, Mary Michaelson Artober earned a grant that will allow students across campus to celebrate Illinois Arts Month through engagement in a variety of activities.

Another Sandburg proposal that earned a grant was submitted by Dave Drzonek, Fred Peronto and Pat Usher. The program aims to inspire students by engaging them with experts who exemplify the key characteristics of grit, zest, conscientiousness, optimism, self-control, curiosity and gratitude.

At Andrew, Donna Herman, Carrie King, Christy Meiling, Jen Jordt, Anne Barkus, Alice Cooler, Brian Gascoin and Jeff Janes will institute the “One Book - One School - One State” program. The grant will support and encourage students, staff and the community to participate in a shared reading of one book, along with the opportunity to partake in additional literacy experiences supported by the Illinois Reads Program.

Also at Andrew, Denise Ledvina and Tammy Stamus will oversee Project Access which will allow students identified with behavioral and emotional disabilities to have access to and utilize technology to learn skills that will impact their educational progress.

In the past six years, the District 230 Foundation has provided $125,000 in grants to the three high schools.

For more information, visit www.d230foundation.org.

Staff report



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