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Dr. Peter Ower celebrates his Gripp Grant

Foundation Awards Three Spring 2018 Grants

The District 39 Educational Foundation announced that three Gripp Grant's were awarded this spring, totaling a gift of $14,031 to District 39. The Gripp Grants will impact students at Highcrest, Wilmette Junior High and those in the comprehensive needs classrooms throughout the district. Overall the District 39 Educational Foundation had a very robust year awarding 9 grants and... <more>

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Katherine Robinson is excited about her Gripp Grant

Six Fall 2017 Gripp Grants Awarded in November!

Six Gripp Grants were funded for the 2017 Fall grant cycle: Mayaan Sloane and Samantha Sutton, Highcrest Technology Innovation Specialists, were granted the purchase of video and recording equipment to transition the weekly WHMS News into a live student written, directed and executed broadcast. Currently only two students per homeroom participate in the broadcast creation and... <more>

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Trustees Margie Karabas and Tracy Peacock award Meghan Espinoza her Gripp Grant

Spring 2017 Gripp Grants Awarded!

The Foundation approved three Gripp Grants for the Spring 2017 grant cycle. Highcrest teacher Meghan Espinoza was awarded a Gripp Grant for a pedal desk test in her classroom.  Pedal desks are a combination of an exercise bike with a desk.  These desks have been shown to increase concentration and productivity for students with sensory... <more>

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Fall 2016 Gripp Grants Awarded!

The Foundation approved two Gripp Grants for the Fall 2016 grant cycle. Breakout EDU boxes (All four elementary schools): This grant will provide Breakout EDU boxes which are designed to teach critical thinking, teamwork, and complex problem solving. Similar to the popular live-experience Escape Rooms that are popping up all over the country, students will... <more>

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Foundation Trustee Liesel Brown presents Central School Differentiation Specialist, Bonny Skutch with her 2016 Spring Gripp Grant.

Spring 2016 Gripp Grants Awarded!

  The District 39 Educational Foundation is thrilled to announce its Spring 2016 Gripp Grants and proud to distribute $12,502 to 3 D39 schools and the District's Office of Curriculum and Instruction. Mobile learning in the Learning Commons (Harper):  This grant will purchase two items to help with innovative learning in the new Harper Learning Commons. ... <more>

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Fall 2015 Gripp Grants awarded!

The Foundation is pleased to announce that we awarded four Gripp grants this fall totaling $5,802.  Three grants were awarded to McKenzie school and one to the special education departments for Highcrest Middle School and Wilmette Junior High. McKenzie School: Content Area Literacy and the Common Core Conference: Second grade teachers, Jennifer Weil and Erin Schroeder are excited to participate... <more>

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Welter-McKenzie Gripp Grant

Spring 2015 Gripp Grants Awarded

The 2015 Spring round of Gripp Grants were awarded on March 26th. This grant cycle the Foundation approved four grants for projects at four different schools. 8th grade teachers Beth Kalish and Beth Cummo will pilot transforming a classroom at WJHS into a flexible learning space. Node desks with swivel seats and built-in stands for tablets,... <more>

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Fall 2014 Gripp Grants Awarded

The Foundation awarded 5 Gripp Grants this fall, totaling over $4,100. The 4th grade teachers at Romona will purchase automobile artifacts for students to examine during their inventions study using the 5 lenses of the new social studies curriculum. Romona's Early Childhood Evaluation Team received a grant to create 3 new play scheme boxes to... <more>

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Spring 2014 Gripp Grants Awarded

For the 2013-2014 school year the Foundation has awarded over $30,000 in Gripp Grants!  And, this year all six D39 schools received at least one grant to expand, enrich and complement the curriculum. Four grants were approved for the spring grant cycle. Parlez vous francais? Highcrest's French teacher, Katie Fox's students will be able to develop... <more>

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Fall 2013 Gripp Grants Announced

The foundation will be supporting a number of innovative initiatives within the D39 schools with five new grants that were recently awarded. The grant for Central School's 21st Century Learning Space will pilot the initial phase of creating a collaborative learning area by reconfiguring the computer lab, library and adjoining classrooms. This new student-centered space... <more>

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