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Education

Foundation funds numerous Downers Grove District 58 projects

DOWNERS GROVE – The Meredith Williams Foundation has funded a variety of projects in Downers Grove Grade School District 58 schools. From physical education and science equipment to a career day field trip and buddy benches, the foundation has gifted thousands of dollars to District 58 schools and students, a District 58 news release stated.

The foundation is led by two retired District 58 teachers Jim and Pam Williams and is named in memory of their daughter, Meredith Williams, who died in 2010.

Recently, Jim Williams published a second photography book, “Wisdom from the Wilderness.” It features 150 of his favorite photos alongside short essays about each image. Proceeds from the book will go to the Meredith Williams Foundation, which benefits District 58 students and projects and other area programs, according to the release.

“It’s a message book and an opportunity to tell children and families about the bond of nature and how important it is in our lives,” Jim Williams said.

The book is divided into 12 themes, each with a short essay and photos from Jim Williams’ 40-plus years of wilderness adventures. The book is available at Anderson’s Bookshop in Downers Grove and online at www.inwildlight.com/openning.asp.

It is the second book that Jim Williams has published. The first, “High Altitude Paradise,” was a 34-year vision quest to photograph all the lakes in Rocky Mountain National Park. That book sold out and prompted the work on “Wisdom from the Wilderness.”

The Meredith Williams Foundation has funded more than 90 projects.

“The common thread is Downers Grove children and the areas of the arts, music, science and PE,” Jim Williams said.

Jim Williams taught science for 30 years at O’Neill Junior High School. Pam Williams taught for 30 years at Hillcrest Elementary School. Meredith Williams was a student at Fairmount Elementary School, O’Neill Middle School and Downers Grove South High School.

The Meredith Williams Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. For information, visit www.meredithwilliamsfoundation.org.

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