Foundation helps York students connect, collaborate and create
Coming to York Community High School in 2014 are two new Media:scape LearnLabs, which — along with the existing lab in the World Language department — bring the total of these unique tools to three. The District 205 Foundation provided more than $29,000 in funding for the new labs by obtaining a $25,000 State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity grant and using general Foundation funds to make up the difference. The new labs will be installed in the second floor Learning Commons and will teach and assist students to connect, collaborate and create in the 21st century.
The state grant was designed to fund the development of technological alternatives to textbooks and textbook formats. Through a collaborative process involving the District 205 Foundation, District administration, Buildings and Grounds staff and York High School administrators, it was agreed that the addition of two Media:scape LearnLabs to York High School would not only meet the requirements of the grant, but also support the STEM initiatives of the District and the Foundation.
Designed by Steelcase Corporation, Media:scape LearnLabs connect students via an electronic device (laptop, iPad or Chromebook) which links multiple devices to each other and also to a 42” monitor. Seated in small groups, students can collaborate electronically as well as verbally. Teachers can move freely around the room while students are working, supporting a variety of learning styles.
The physical labs will include tables, large LCD monitors and speakers, a variety of one-to-one devices and mobile task chairs that dispense with the traditional rows of desks and assist with flexible grouping and teamwork. Shared learning, collaboration, creative problem-solving and critical thinking are essential in a global economy and are encouraged through this innovative learning
2014 Thiems Grant Awards of $38,698
Foundation Board members visited D205 schools last week with balloons, posters and good news for the teachers that were awarded Thiems Educational Grants this year. York received 6 grants totaling $16,160, and the elementary schools received 13 grants totaling $22,538 with every school benefiting from at least one grant. Read more here . . .
Buy Tickets Now for May 8th Top Pizza Night
|Bring the entire family, friends and neighbors! It's the ONLY TIME you can sample pizza from nearly a dozen local pizzerias and vote on your favorites! The 2013 event drew over 350 community members. More details here . . .|
Message from the Chair
One of the great things about community is that it enables us to help others more effectively than we can as individuals. The Elmhurst District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence continues to provide enrichment to the students of our entire community of 13 schools, as we have for the past 25 years. Read More . . .
Making a Difference with Exploratory Classroom
Emerson School has always been very fortunate to have a lot of green space around the school building. However, this did not readily translate into accessible instructional space. Then the Foundation supported the vision of building an outdoor classroom that gave multiple opportunities for students to interact with the environment throughout the seasons.
"Just by taking a step outside, student education has been enriched with butterfly and prairie gardens, a frog pond, seating areas, and exploration space." -Caryl Witt, Emerson School First Grade Teacher
Mariano's donates $5,000 in support of Study Skills at Elmhurst store's Grand Opening
The District 205 Foundation was honored to be one of the recipients of a $5,000 donation from Mariano's at its Grand Opening Gala in Elmhurst on June 24 when CEO, Bob Mariano presented this to Foundation Executive Director, Lisa Fanelli.
Roundy's, the parent corporation of Mariano's, is committed to supporting and partnering with community organizations. One focus of their efforts is helping struggling students. Their donation to the Foundation goes toward the Study Skills program from which nearly all K-8 Elmhurst D205 schools receive funds to operate after-school programs assisting students identified as needing additional support. If you or your organization is interested in supporting this or other Foundation programs, please consider making a donation today. Read more . . .
YSET is thrilled to announce that the Tom Allen Memorial Scholarship Fund has donated $12,000 to the causel Read more . .
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