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Two Spring 2019 Gripp Grants Awarded

Cheri Bridge and Jill Forti, Technology Specialists at WJHS, were awarded a grant to purchase 29 MERGE cubes to support the initiation of the D39 Augmented Reality program, which builds upon the existing Virtual Reality program. MERGE cubes allow students to visualize complex systems by turning 3D models into a virtual object that students can... <more>

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$15,415 Awarded for Four Fall 2018 Gripp Grants!

Four Gripp Grants were awarded on November 14th for the Fall 2018 grant season. Jeneane Pence, Highcrest PE teacher, was awarded a grant for 30 Zone watches to assist students with heart rate monitoring during PE activities. Students will get accurate, real time feedback while still active to help them make a connection between their intensity... <more>

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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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