2017-18 Grants Awarded

Last spring, the District 45 Foundation Surprise Patrol made the rounds with the 2017-18 grant awards. Opportunities are being offered to students for the current school year through seven grants, totaling $6,831.99. The Foundation Surprise Patrol toured the District delivering large checks to the grant recipients.  The District 45 Foundation raises funds for programs and materials which are not within the District’s normal operating budget.

During the 2017-18 school year, District 45 students are benefiting from the following grants:

Utilizing Technology in Music—Connect+Pro headphones will extend the use of music in the Schafer General Music classroom.
You Can Do the Cube—Rubik’s Cubes with 40 STEM/STEAM lessons and curriculum will engage Schafer students in solving problems through puzzles.
Makerspace ClubA Place to Explore, Create and Collaborate–Makerspace Club will meet weekly to expand student creativity and problem solving skills in the Makerspace at North.
Awesome Author Study of Bruce Hale—Award -winning children’s book author Bruce Hale will Skype with Schafer second graders to increase writing and reading engagement. Each student receives a book and authors a book.
 Experiences to develop language and background knowledge—Trips to the Kohl’s Children’s Museum and the Lincoln Marsh will build background knowledge, vocabulary and hands-on play experiences while incorporating common core standards as well as the next generation science standards for Stevenson first graders.
Summer Reading-Lunch Bunch—Schafer 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students will develop a love of reading by having books and fun literacy activities put in their hands to read and then meet at the park for sharing their reads.
 Jefferson Middle School PE Choice Program/Heart Rate Monitors— The most efficient and up-to-date heart rate monitors, will allow the Jefferson Physical Education (PE) teachers to implement the “My PE Choice” program which helps students to lead physically active lifestyles.