The District 45 Foundation Surprise Patrol made the rounds with the 2018-19 grant awards. Opportunities are being offered to students for the 2018-19 school year through nine grants, totaling $11,727.33. 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 2018-19 school year, District 45 students are benefiting from the following grants:
- Awesome Author Study of Melissa Stewart–Award-winning children’s book author Melissa Steward skypes with 1st graders. Each student receives a book and authors a book.
- Books & Hooks: A Novel Knitting Experience—Empowering young girls to be excited about reading and learning the skill of knitting.
- Classroom Podcast Station—Everyone’s Story Matters—Students use 21st Century learning skills to Edutain (Educate + Entertain = Edutain) locally and globally through podcasts.
- The Great Summer Reading Adventure— Students receive a passport to adventure for a summer of reading! Books go home, videos of staff reading are sent to families with key trivia key questions and two themed reading events bring everyone together in the summer
- North School Penguin News Team—A student news team scripts, tapes, edits and broadcasts newscasts.
- Chamber Pop/Jazz Strings—String orchestra players explore and perform music from the pop and jazz genres
- Summer Lunch Bunch—Students develop a love of reading by having books put in their hands and fun literacy activities at their fingertips all summer.
- Wildcat Book Club—Students become life-long readers by reading, exploring, sharing and chatting about books.
- Play based learning and Curriculum Connections–A trip to the Kohl’s Children’s Museum allows students to engage in dramatic play around the key Social Studies concepts of Economics while a visit to Cernan Earth and Space Center allows students to experience the scientific exploration of space.