D-158 foundation awards classroom grants

HUNTLEY – District 158 teachers at all levels recently received $13,785 in grants designed to help students succeed in the classroom.

The District 158 Education Foundation distributed the grants this week to seven teachers for a variety of classroom needs, including $5,700 to install high-definition LCD projectors at the district’s at-risk preschool program and $1,200 to buy blood pressure simulators for Huntley High School’s medical academy.

“When reviewing each application, the [grant] committee looks at how the grant will help students learn both now and in the future,” Foundation President Chad Alexander said. “The foundation awards grants each year in an effort to help students achieve more, and be the best that they can be.”

The community foundation hosts fundraisers and raises donations throughout the year to supply teachers with local grants. The foundation this year received 22 applications, totaling $59,408.

The foundation’s grant committee selected a variety of projects this year to ensure students at all levels receive support, Alexander said.

Aside from LCD projectors and blood pressure simulators, the foundation awarded grants to classrooms at Conley Elementary for e-books and other writing resources, covered contest fees for Huntley High’s math team, and supported the district’s LIGHT program.

Martin Elementary received funding for its “Road to College’ mural, while kindergartners at Mackeben Elementary received grants for a baby chicken lab.