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Gripp Grant Award Recipients

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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Spring 2013 Gripp Grant

Tanzania Sister School Program (Central) Central School classrooms will be receiving Tanzanian artifact boxes to complement their Sister School Program thanks to a Gripp Grant from the D39 Educational Foundation. These boxes will include hand-crafted artifacts, maps, flags, games and many other items that will enable Central students to make personal connections with the students in... <more>

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Fall 2012 Gripp Grants

Say ‘Yes’ to Improv (WJHS) Say Yes to Improv! brought 8th grade drama students at WJHS an in-depth study of the art of improvisation. Two guest artists from the Actors Training Center in Wilmette joined drama teacher Dinah Barthelmess in the classroom two times a week for four weeks culminating in a performance given for students... <more>

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Spring 2011 Gripp Grants

Solar Car (WJHS) Debbie Clark, 8th grade science teacher at WJHS, has been awarded a grant to fund a Solar Car science initiative. This project will engage all of the 8th grade students in real world problem solving and allow them to experience inquiry-based learning as well as provide deeper understanding of an alternative energy source.... <more>

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Fall 2010 Gripp Grants

Mission to Mars (Highcrest) Joanna Flintz and Amanda Utynek, 6th grade math teachers at Highcrest, have been awarded a grant to fund a Mission to Mars program at Highcrest Middle School. This project will complement the math curriculum, requiring data collection and graphing, and will incorporate 21st century skills such as design technology and computer programming,... <more>

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Spring 2010 Gripp Grants

Architecture in Education: Building in Community (Highcrest Middle School) The Foundation is pleased to support a pilot grant for several Highcrest 5th grade classes to participate in the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust’s “Architecture in Education: Building in Community” program. Preservation Trust instructors will visit Highcrest to work with students on architecture and design. Students will... <more>

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Fall 2009 Gripp Grants

Professional Development (McKenzie) [caption id="attachment_544" align="alignleft" width="266"] Jane Dolkart[/caption] [caption id="attachment_545" align="alignleft" width="258"] Jennifer Weill[/caption] Two veteran, and highly acclaimed, McKenzie teachers (Jane Dolkart and Jennifer Weill) received a Foundation grant to attend a prestigious professional development program at the Center for Teaching & Learning, a demonstration site and lab school, where the faculty helps other teachers understand... <more>

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Spring 2009 Gripp Grants

Kindergarten Finger Fun In an effort to support our students’ development from the outset, the Foundation is awarding a grant to Barbara Bruno, Patricia Patrick and Paula Lundell that will impact kindergartners across D39. This grant will provide sets of manipulatives for teachers to use to improve our youngest students’ fine motor skills. 4th Grade Orienteering The Foundation... <more>

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Fall 2008 Gripp Grants

Electronic Dictionaries In supporting the District’s effort to teach across various learning styles, this technology pilot at WJHS will provide 15 electronic dictionaries to enable vocabulary improvement. “Hand-held dictionaries kept at one’s desk will go a long way to increasing the likelihood that students look up words they do not know and will actively increase their... <more>

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