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Foundation Awards Two Spring Gripp Grants Totaling $15,519

  Two Spring Gripp Grants totaling $15,519 were awarded to 12 teachers across all four elementary schools and will benefit students from our earliest learners in the Lechner Early Education Program (LEEP) through fourth grade. The grants address both the need for kids to move their bodies in new and innovative ways, as well as... <more>

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BINGO Night Raised Funds to Support Our Schools!

The District 39 Educational Foundation’s 8th Annual Bingo Night took place on Saturday, February 26th from 6-8 pm. Due to the COVID pandemic, this was the second year that the foundation hosted the event virtually on Zoom. This popular evening of family fun attracted over 80 families across the district’s schools. Emcees Mike Lieber and... <more>

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Inaugural Paddle Classic Was a Success!

On a particularly chilly night perfectly suited for paddle tennis, the District 39 Educational Foundation held its first ever Paddle Classic on Saturday, March 12th, from 7-10 pm at the Wilmette Platform Tennis Club. This was the first in-person event sponsored by the foundation since the start of the pandemic and it was a great... <more>

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LAB39 STEM Classes Return!

After a year off, the D39 Educational Foundation revived its LAB39 STEM class offerings. Five classes ran this year, serving D39 students in grades 5-8. Classes included Sports Physiology, Planets Near and Far, HUMANatomy, Science of Sound and Power Up! Kids and parents all provided positive feedback about the experience, and we extend a special... <more>

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Paddle Classic Postponed to March 12th!

Join the D39 Educational Foundation for the first-ever Paddle Classic! The college-themed paddle party will take place on March 12th from 7-11pm at the Wilmette Paddle Club. All skill levels are welcome to play in this lighthearted tournament. We’ll have court times for beginner, intermediate, and advanced players as well as open court play. When not... <more>

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Virtual Trivia Night Was Fun For All!

The District 39 Educational Foundation’s 9th Annual Trivia Night was held on Saturday, April 17th from 6:30 – 8 pm. The event looked different this year as it was the Foundation’s first Virtual Trivia Night. The Sporcle Trivia Master led 58 teams through multiple rounds of trivia spanning various topics involving point wagering and strategy. Even... <more>

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Two Spring Gripp Grants totaling $8,705 were awarded to 12 teachers, library professionals, and administrators, which will positively impact every student in the District by addressing needs encompassing those resulting from the global COVID-19 pandemic.   Madeline Elman, 2nd grade teacher (Romona), along with library professionals Linda Diekman (Central), Lynn Mestanas (Harper),  Kate Johnston-Legg (McKenzie), Elizabeth Ceisel (HMS), Daphna... <more>

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Bingo Night

Virtual Bingo Night Was A Success!

The District 39 Educational Foundation’s 7th Annual Bingo Night was held on Saturday, February 6th from 6 – 8 pm. Sponsored by North Shore Community Bank, the event looked a little different this year. It was the Foundation’s first ever virtual event, held on an especially chilly and snowy winter evening when staying home was... <more>

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Gripp Grants Enable New Ways to Experience the Digital World

Thanks to a D39 Educational Foundation Gripp Grant, we have brought innovative technology to our schools, allowing students to imagine and create in a three-dimensional world. Apps such as Tinkercad and CoSpaces empower kids to design and interact with structures and spaces using virtual modeling and programming. Merge Cubes bring augmented reality to the classroom by letting students hold virtual... <more>

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