The District 230 Foundation is a partnership
between community volunteers and school leaders to provide educational opportunities and services for students beyond what
the typical budget can fund. The Foundation provides grants that bring teachers' creative ideas to life for students, as well
as scholarships to graduating seniors from Sandburg, Stagg and Andrew High Schools.
Last year, the District 230 Foundation provided grants to over 30 faculty members in an effort to
provide students with enhanced educational opportunities beyond the traditional means. Overall, the Foundation
has provided more than $100,000 in grants over a five-year span.
Each year, the Foundation inducts new members into the District’s Legacy Hall, which
recognizes outstanding alumni who have used their education and experience to become successful, positive contributors to
Our summer golf outing draws over 120 individuals
to Silver Lake Country Club with all proceeds going towards grants and special projects.
The District 230 Foundation is an independent
501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, therefore contributions are tax deductible in accordance with the law.
If you would like
to support the work of the Foundation, join us at an event, make a donation and join our mailing list.
Foundation Board of Directors
Ann Oliver, President
David O'Connor, Vice President
Carla Erdey, Secretary
Tom "Doc" Mahoney, Treasurer
Loretta Gaidas, Director
Dr. James M. Gay, Director
Susan Larson Spencer, Director
Rick Nogal, Director
Krapauskas, Executive Director
The District 230 Foundation recently announced recipients of
totalling $25,000 to support innovative learning at Sandburg,
Stagg and Andrew High Schools. Recipients
were selected from 26 applications totaling more than $95,000 in requests. Over the past six years, the District 230 Foundation
has provided $125,000 in grants to the three high schools.
This year’s recipients include:
Dave Drzonek, Fred Peronto and Pat Usher
Stories: A Living Guide to Building Curiosity, Optimism and Grit
Based on research from the book “How Children Succeed” this campus grant will inspire students by engaging them
with experts who exemplify the key characteristics of grit, zest, conscientiousness, optimism, self-control, curiosity and
gratitude. All attributes that the research links to success both in school and in life through what the author calls
“performance character.” Students will see speakers as part of the “Success Stories” series off campus
as well presenters brought to school.
Kristin Pila, Phil Dryer and Dave Kreis
Professional Labs and Speakers
This district-wide grant will expose students interested
in the medical field to a series of speakers and hands-on labs guided by those experts. These opportunities allow students
to gather a strong understanding of the various professions and to determine if it is a right fit for their future. The labs
take the lessons taught in the classroom and through presentations to another level by allowing students to utilize tools
and resources used regularly by medical professionals.
Lynn Robinson, Nitya Viswanath and Laura Schmuck
Sacre Bleu! Explorations in Science in the World Language
Students in French classes across the district will explore, investigate, make
predictions and describe science phenomena while using the French language. Students will acquire new science-related vocabulary
within the world language they are studying through investigations, writing, discussion and presentations.
Long Distance Learning:
International Pen Pal Project
This mini-grant will pair English Language Learners
with high school students around the world through an international pen pal program. Student writing improves dramatically
when the writer has a real audience for whom they are writing. This grant will support that initiative along with introducing
the students to a global perspective and aid them in becoming tolerant, respectful adults.
Denise Ledvina and Tammy Stamus
will allow for students identified with behavioral and emotional disabilities to have access to and utilize current technology
as they learn skills that will impact their educational progress in high school and beyond. Students will learn how to identify,
problem solve, take responsibility for and monitor their emotions, thoughts and behaviors through the use of two iPad 2 devices
in conjunction with the program. Apps and video modeling using the iPads will assist students in meeting their goals.
This grant will have students across campus celebrate Illinois Arts Month through engagement in a variety
of activities. Students will create a collaborative mural, participate in a “coffee house” with visual artists,
musicians, writers, actors and dancers, and experience the power of community-based art through Chalk Fest and Window Art.
Art students will also learn from professional artists through a series of guest speakers and hands-on lessons.
Donna Herman, Carrie King, Christy Meiling, Jen Jordt,
Anne Barkus, Alice Cooler, Brian Gascoin and Jeff Janes
One Book - One School - One State
This campus grant will support and encourage students, staff and the community to participate in a shared reading
of one book, along with the opportunity to partake in additional literacy experiences supported by the Illinois Reads Program.
The Andrew community will be motivated to participate in the social and active nature of reading through a variety of experiences,
meeting the diverse needs of students, staff and community. Critical thinking skills will be enhanced as participants develop
relationships with the characters and apply what they learn from the text to the world around us.
Karen Fitzgerald, Amy Yeaman, Amy Brown, Lisa Thayer and Mary Ogarek
Writing in Real World
This campus grant will connect students with authors and teach them the power of language and its importance in society.
Authors and guest speakers will relate the content of books to the context of students’ lives. This project will
allow authors to discuss their books and the craft of writing in order to spark student interest in the creative process and
the content of their books.