Over $108,000 educational enhancements
funded for 2015-2016 academic year
All K-12 D205 Schools Benefit!
- $58,000 for Middle School and High School Chromebooks
- Continued Study Skills funding and expansion at over $22,000
- 15 educational grants totaling $29,194
This academic year (2015-16), students in District 205 will benefit from over $108,000 in funding from the Elmhurst District 205 Foundation. “Thiems Educational Grants totaling $29,194 were awarded in May when Foundation members visited classrooms and surprised teachers – and even two students – with the good news that their applications were selected for funding. Various online subscriptions, including another year of BrainPop for K-8, a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books, seating options and sensory materials to help improve student engagement, a 3-D printer for high school science, and a community screening of a documentary film are just some of the grants that will benefit students and staff.
Additionally, the Foundation for Educational Excellence is supporting the District’s Mobile Leaning Implementation (MLI) with total funding of $58,000, which purchased three Google Chromebook carts, each with 32 devices, for each of the three middle schools. This 1:1 computing initiative has increased resources for students and teachers at the middle school level. York High School was given a $21,000 grant and two generous designated donor gifts totaling $9,000 from the Foundation that will assist with the roll out of the 1:1 initiative, help cover student fees and ensure that all York students have twenty-four seven access to a Chromebook. Foundation Chair Liz Eder states, “
And finally, with the help of a 2014 donation of $15,000 from the 100+ Women Who Care, the Foundation Board is continuing to fund the Study Skills Program for all K-8 schools, including an expansion of the program at three schools. Study Skills gives academic and organizational assistance to students outside the classroom and relies on reoccurring annual funding to survive.
"Last year, the organization celebrated our 25th anniversary, highlighted by a really special and successful Silver Ball. "The community was incredibly generous, and that directly translates to the amount of support we are able to provide.” - Martin Franchi-Treasurer
"Our directors are passionate about bringing diverse and relevant learning resources to our district. We understand the importance of advancing the use of technology for learning and are thrilled with the level of support we are able to provide for this exciting step!” -Liz Eder-Chair
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR
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.
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.