2015 Thiems Grant and Mobile Learning - $59,000 Awarded
15 Educational Grants + Middle School
All K-12 D205 Schools Benefit
Directors from The District 205 Foundation visited Elmhurst Public Schools the week of May 18th to award Thiems Educational Grants to this year’s recipients. Classroom teachers, librarians, resource staff and even students were among those that were surprised with the news that their projects had been selected for funding. Fifteen grants totaling $29,194 were awarded that impact every elementary and middle school as well as York High School. Thiems Grants for fiction and non-fiction book sets, literacy kits, interactive math notebooks, a 3-D printer, and a community screening of a documentary that addresses anti-bullying are just some of the grants that were awarded this year.
“With the exception of an application submitted on behalf of all the elementary and middle school librarians, the Foundation received a variety of applications from staff at six schools”, reported Lisa Fanelli, Foundation Executive Director. “We are happy that all K-8 schools and students will benefit from a renewal of BrainPop, an online subscription that we have been funding at the elementary schools for the past several years and that is heavily used.” Access will be expanded next academic year to pilot the subscription at all three middle schools. In addition, Bryan, Churchville and Sandburg middle schools will benefit from Foundation funding totaling over $28,000 for the purchase of carts containing 32 Chromebooks for each school in support of the district Mobile Learning Initiative.
“Our directors understand the importance of advancing the use of technology for learning , and ensuring that each student has access to a Chromebook computer throughout the school day”, said Liz Eder, Foundation Chair. “This funding represents our first step in supporting the district’s 1:1 learning environment, and providing resources that encourage the multi-disciplinary aspects of STEM education to flourish”.
Thank You For Supporting Top Pizza 2015
Over 475 guests attended this year's event!
Special Thanks to All Our Pizza Partners
Armond's Francesco's Fratellos Lou Malnati's Mamma Maria's
Mimmo's Papa John's Pazzi di Pizza Roberto's Sarpino's
While the emphasis was on tasting local pizzas, the BIG winners of the night were the students in Elmhurst public schools.
All of the evening's proceeds, more than $5,000, will go directly to future Thiems Grants, targeted projects and other initiatives to benefit Elmhurst public schools.
As for the votes:
First Place: best sausage, best crust, best sauce and favorite overall pizza
Second place: best cheese
First place:Best Cheese
Second place :best sausage,kids favorite
Second Place:best specialty pizza, best overall pizza
Second place:best sauce
First Place: Kids Favorite
First Place: Best Specialty pizza
Pazzi di Pizza
Second Place: Best crust
Honorable mention: Best specialty pizza
Honorable Mention: Best Crust
The Foundation is extremely grateful to all participating pizzerias, for without their support, this event would not be possible.
The Foundation also thanks the musical entertainment and NHS students from York High School that volunteered at the event.
This program is supported by the District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence,
One classroom cart of Nova 5000 devices were purchased for each middle school and are being used by teachers to deliver both science and math curriculum.
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