The District 230 Foundation helps staff at Sandburg, Stagg and Andrew
High Schools bring their innovative ideas to life for students through its grant program. By providing nearly $200,000 to
support 72 projects over the past 9 years, the Foundation has made a significant impact on students' education including grants
to support social studies, art, foreign language, sports medicine, democracy, special services, science, literacy, college
preparation, character development, international studies, environmental awareness, business, physical education, family and
community connections, and so much more. Each of the grants is conceptualized, developed and implemented by staff at
the three high schools.
Congrats to our 2016-2017 Grant Recipients!
Jen Baniewicz, Pete Gabel, Tim McAlpin and Lynn McGarel
American Service Memorial
The American Service Memorial project is dedicated to the
alumni of Stagg High School who have lost their lives while in service to our country. The memorial will honor fallen military
personnel, police, firefighters, first responders, and government officials by name and graduation year. Students will lead
a committee to research Stagg graduates involved in American service as well as lead education, communication and continued
development of the memorial.
Jennifer Baniewicz and David Podkul
Honoring America’s Heroes
in U.S. History and Psychology classes will honor local veterans through two field trips. The first will be to the National
Veterans Art Museum in Chicago to learn about current veteran experiences in war and how they use art to express their feelings
and cope with PTSD. The second field trip will be to welcome home WWII and Korean veterans from an Honor Flight at Midway
Christina Cumbo and Sarah Pulaski
Bringing RNBC Executive Functioning Program
This grant will bring the Rush Neurobehavioral Center to Sandburg High School to train special education staff on Executive
Functioning research and how to incorporate strategies and resources into the classroom. The program will provide teachers
with a systematic approach to helping students with materials management, planning and time management, study strategies,
understanding learning strengths, goal setting and decision making.
Andrew and Sandburg
Laura Kirby and Jennifer Snyder
District 230 Commits to Conservation
The grant is a partnership between Andrew, Sandburg and the
Orland Grassland-Forest Preserve District of Cook County. Together, they will restore and monitor prairie habitat to increase
both biodiversity and conservation awareness. Students will plant native cuttings on land provided by the Orland Grasslands.
They will monitor the site year after year, collect data on invasive plant species, soil conditions, fauna identification
and other biotic and abiotic features. The data will be shared between the schools for ongoing educational purposes.
Getting to Know You
The grant will equip Andrew’s College and Career Center with career and interest inventories to assist
students in identifying college and career goals. The Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers-Brigs Type Indicator will give
students insights into themselves, their strengths and their personalities as they set future-focused goals.
Murray, Carrie Jarosik and Kathleen Bobber
Riding the Wave: using Biofeedback to
Assist Students to Self-regulate in the Academic Environment
This grant will help students struggling with the ability to self-regulate their emotions and lessen the
negative impact on their academic performance and interpersonal relationships. Through the use of emWave, a heart-rate variability
monitor, students will learn to regulate their body’s reactions when presented with stressful environment stimuli.
Sports Medicine Symposium
Continuing its success, the Sports Medicine Symposium brings together students to learn from numerous professionals
in the sports medicine field. The symposium connects students with practicing professionals to give insights and hands-on
training for potential occupations. It helps students narrow their search for a future field of study and career.
Susan Kealy and Lauren Royer
Writing in the Real World
Through this grant students interact with and learn from published poets. The authors
will do readings, answer student questions and conduct writing workshops. This project raises awareness of the importance
of writing and the differences it can make in sometimes confusing world.