112 EDUCATION FOUNDATION YEAR IN REVIEW 2019-20
This spring, as the COVID crisis derailed the Foundation’s scheduled programs and events, the trustees nimbly shifted our focus away from traditional Foundation programs, and sought alternate opportunities to support our community.
Aligned with its mission of supporting educational opportunities for students in D112, the 112 Education Foundation provided over 300 learning supply kits to students in the district. These kits, which contain essential supplies for remote learning such as scissors, paper, tape, markers, and crayons, support learning for students who do not have access to such supplies and the internet.
Additionally, the 112 Education Foundation was proud to partner with the Family Service of Lake County’s Nuestro Center in Highwood to support NSSD112 students and families during this challenging time. The Foundation donated $12,000 to the Nuestro Center to provide food and household supplies to families in our community.
FUNd Run 2019
The FUNd Run was held on Saturday, October 5, 2019 on the grounds of beautiful Ravinia Festival. It was a clear morning and perfect for District 112 friends and families to come together as a community to support so many of our students. We had a strong showing of nearly 1,500 participants this year for both the 5K and 1-mile family walk. There was plenty of school spirit in the air as families mingled with teachers, principals and other district leaders. The Highland Park High School boys and girls cross country teams also helped at the event by acting as race marshals throughout the morning. The post-race fun fair was exciting for all with sponsor kiosks and plenty of food and refreshments. District 112 Superintendent Dr. Lubefeld was there to offer words of encouragement and to hand out medals to all of the age group race winners. Shortly after race day, it was announced that Braeside School won the trophy for highest participation! There were also many schools that significantly increased their participation numbers. Way to go, District 112! Overall, the FUNd Run committee raised over $30,000 through race registrations and sponsorships that went directly to provide need-based scholarships for District 112 students. The committee is already actively planning the next FUNd Run for Saturday, October 3, 2020. Whether it be in person or virtual, we hope you can join us!
iRead 2020 was a huge success! The program kicked off on January 11 at the Highland Park Library for the annual iRead Kick-Off event. Over 1000 D112 students and family members gathered at the library to rub elbows with local authors, be entertained by a professional storyteller, and best of all, hear favorite teachers read out loud.
After almost a month of recording reading minutes, and many fun iRead-related school events, iRead ended with Ravinia Elementary School winning for the second year in a row. Students at Ravinia read an average of 1485 minutes per student during the event. The Raccoons smashed the iRead record they set last year of 1156 per student. As is tradition for the iRead event, the school principal and the school librarian planned a top-secret trophy reveal presentation to announce the victory to the staff and students.
This year the K-6 students in D112 read for a combined 1,688,726 minutes between January 11 and February 3. That’s 636 minutes per student! This year’s read-a-thon also raised over $22,000 to support the 112 Education Foundation’s Author Visit program.
For the 2019-2020 school year, the 112 Education Foundation approved 40 grants totaling over $75,000. We had programs that reached every school, and ran the gamut from art, poetry, STEM and community service!
Grant programs included:
Architecture education and kits for students at Green Bay School
STEM bins for students at Indian Trail school
The Day of Giving service-learning experience at Northwood Junior High
A cooking program for students in the SAIL program at Braeside school
Multiple music, art and performance-related grants provided interdisciplinary opportunities for students to combine curriculum areas
While some of the spring grant programs did not run due to the suspension of in-school instruction, we look forward to supporting these great experiences when we are all back together in the 2020-2021 school year.
Ravinia Music Partnership
Unfortunately, due to the school closure in March, the two Ravinia concerts, scheduled for late April, were canceled. Additionally, the annual Kids Go Classic concert was not scheduled because of the Ravinia summer season cancellation.
The 112 Education Foundation remains grateful to the Ravinia Reach*Teach*Play education programs for its support of music education for students in D112. We value our partnership and look forward to future performances.
Robot Revolution Robotics Competition
This year marked the fourth year for the Robot Revolution robotics program, and its first year as a signature Foundation event. Nearly 250 students, representing every school in the district, competed in this day-long event on a Saturday in December. Student teams worked to successfully program their robots to achieve various challenges. Red Oak’sThe Two Engineers finished first in the elementary division, and Northwood’s Chicken Leg Piece team won the top spot in the middle school division. The Wayne Thomas Robocats team finished second and the Red Oak Fireball 2 team finished third at the elementary level, with the Northwood The Elephant in the Room team and the Edgewood Rescue Bots getting second and third place respectively for the middle school group. A special thank you to the numerous teacher-coaches across the district who make this an amazing Foundation program.
Vehicle Sticker Upgrade Program