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District 99 Foundation awards more than $16K in grants to North, South high schools

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 5:19 p.m. CDT

DOWNERS GROVE – The District 99 Education Foundation awarded more than $16,000 in grants to North and South high schools on Monday.

“Each year we are excited to learn what new ideas our high school teachers have for their students, and which projects the Foundation can help to support in order to enhance student experiences and opportunities,” District 99 Education Foundation President Eric Olson stated in a press release.

Each year, the foundation accepts grant requests from teachers in District 99 who want to make the classroom environment more challenging to students, but lack the necessary resources. A grant committee reviews and considers each application, and then determines the final award recipients.

The science department at North High received funding to incorporate the use of robotics in the physics curriculum, addressing a fundamental component of the new science standards, called “Next Generation Science Standards.” Using the robotics program, students will design physical robots and circuitry that runs the robots and use computer program algorithms to perform tasks.

The fine arts department at South High School is set to receive iPads and Apple TVs to enhance their music education. By using the equipment, students will receive immediate, unbiased feedback during their rehearsals, and motivate them to achieve even higher levels of performance.

The District 99 Education Foundation will also support the special services departments with a garden walkway, funding the startup for a Special Olympics basketball team and a therapeutic trip to Iron Oaks Adventure Center for emotionally disturbed students. A teleprompter for the District 99 Cable television station will also be funded.

On behalf of an individual, anonymous donor, the Foundation also awarded the District 99 Education Foundation Math and Science Scholarship to North High student Sarah Brzezinski. She will receive a $5,000 scholarship – $1,250 each year for four years – to study biology or chemistry in college.

To learn more about the foundation, or to make a donation, visit: www.d99ef.org

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