Investing in Educational Excellence for Students in District 109

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The Deerfield Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, volunteer organization made up of educators and community members who sponsor programs and projects that improve the educational experience for students within District 109.

If you are interested in getting involved, come to our next Board meeting at the District 109 administrative office on Thursday, Sept.29, 2016 at 8:45 am. 

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The Deerfield Education Foundation is pleased to announce that it has approved three new grants totaling $13,500 to enrich learning opportunities within District 109.

At its recent board meeting, the Foundation approved a $5,000 grant to Wilmot Elementary School for “Project Books” – the addition of a variety of classroom books to support reading and writing development, enhance rich discussion and foster critical thinking. Wilmot is currently piloting the “Reading and Writing Units of Study” program published by Teachers College Reading and Writing Project out of Columbia University and implementing the workshop model as a framework for reading and writing instruction. The pilot program could become a teaching model across the entire district.

The DEF agreed to fund a $3,500 “Innovation Grant” for Walden Elementary School to acquire new materials to broaden the school Library Media Center technology resources and help establish a new student makerspace – allowing STEM and maker materials to be borrowed from the LMC and utilized in the classrooms. When not being used in a classroom setting, the materials will be available through the library makerspace.

The DEF also approved a request from Caruso Middle School (up to $5,000 over three years) to help initiate the newly renamed District 109 Science Club – comprised of students from both Caruso and Shepard Middle School. Funding will cover the purchase of “Materials World Modules” from Northwestern University – which promote awareness of the roles science and technology play in society and guide students to take increased control of their work.