DOWNERS GROVE – The District 99 Education Foundation during 2017 gifted more than $20,000 in support of educational programs at Downers Grove North and South high schools, according to a district news release.
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a preparatory program for college-bound students. The foundation gave a scholarship to a student from each campus.
In partnership with the Midwest Heart Foundation, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital and the Kenneth Holland Memorial Foundation, the foundation supported the Young Hearts for Life program, which provided heart screenings for more than 3,000 students.
The foundation sponsored Red Ribbon Week, an awareness campaign about alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention. Speaker and former NBA player Chris Herren shared his story about addiction and recovery.
The foundation purchased “Raspberry Pi” devices for members of the Women in STEM club to learn about computer coding. The foundation also provided enriching social activities for autistic students.
Community members are welcome to attend the foundation’s annual fundraising event, Pizza Wars, on March 1 at Downers Grove South High School. Tickets will be available Feb. 1 on the foundation website.