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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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Foundation’s SAM Arts Fund Sponsored WJHS Art Show for “Empowered to Be Yourself” Creative Self Portraiture Photography Project

  On June 4th, WJHS students displayed creative self portrait photographs at a public art show and wowed viewers with their captivating images. They should all be very proud! The D39 Educational Foundation's SAM Arts Fund sponsored the project for WJHS students. The idea behind the photography project was to engage students creatively and thoughtfully. Using photography... <more>

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Wilmette Pub Crawl Success Leads to $4,070 Gift to Foundation

The Wilmette Pub Crawl on Thursday, May 16th was a great success with perfect weather this year! It was be a fun night to meet friends and enjoy Wilmette dining and bar establishments. Many thanks to the Wilmette Pub Crawl founders, Ted Zaller and Peter Lipsey, for the $4,070 gift they bestowed upon the D39 Educational Foundation. We... <more>

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Superintendent Ray Lechner Honored Through New Ray of Light Fund

The D39 Educational Foundation proudly announces the Ray of Light Fund in honor of Superintendent Dr. Ray Lechner at his retirement. The fund celebrates Dr. Lechner's background, support, and advocacy of special education and inclusion programming over his 20-year tenure. Dr. Lechner’s steadfast encouragement of all students to learn and grow together not only strengthened the Wilmette community... <more>

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Movie Benefit Was Full Of Laughs

Dog owners and comedy lovers joined to watch "Best In Show" on Thursday, April 11th at the Wilmette Theatre fundraising event for the D39 Educational Foundation.  Many viewers sent in photos of their dogs that played in a slide show prior to the movie with one lucky winner enjoying a Wilmette Pet gift. Plus a... <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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We’re celebrating our 25th Anniversary!

It's hard for us to believe we've been part of the District 39 community since 1993. Our mission continues to be: Promote educational innovation and excellence Support educators as they raise their aspirations for educational programs Increase students' global awareness and understanding of human diversity Expand opportunities for students to fulfill their varied interests &... <more>

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2017 Fashion Show

Our First Fashion Show Evening Was A Fun Event

The weather was blustery, but the fashions on the runway and at the vendors were hot! Patrons scooped up great gifts for those on their holiday lists and for themselves. Friends gathered to socialize and to help one another pick up items on trend! 15% of all sales went back to the Foundation and will... <more>

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Foundation Gifts Pedal Desks to All Highcrest & WJHS Classrooms

Due to the resounding success of Meghan Espinoza's 2017 Gripp Grant for pedal desks in her 6th grade classroom, the D39 Educational Foundation has gifted Highcrest and WJHS up to $5000 to purchase approximately 144 under-desk pedal units to be used in classrooms across the two campuses.  This is approximately two units per homeroom and two... <more>

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