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LHSEF commits to support seven grants in 2019-20 school year

LHSEF commits to support seven grants in 2019-20 school year

The Lemont High School Educational Foundation has committed to supporting seven grants for more than $27,000 for the 2019-20 school year. Grant proposals were submitted by Lemont High School faculty and staff, with the goal of enhancing educational opportunities for the school’s enrollment of approximately 1,400 students.

The LHSEF is fully funding seven Educational Foundation Grants for a total of $27,215, with a stipulation that the funds provided for the projects must be used during the 2019-20 school year. 

Included among the 2018-19 Educational Foundation Grants are the following proposals: 

  • Breakfast Buddies
  • Gallery 306: Phase 1 (Lighting)
  • LHS Student Pantry
  • Link Crew for the Class of 2023
  • Newsela Pro Site Subscription
  • Physical Education Polar Heart Rate Monitors
  • Picture This - Phase VII

Photo gallery of grants ceremony

2019-20 Educational Foundation Grant Summaries

In addition to these grants, the LHSEF is proud to be part of a project that has provided a fundamental change at Lemont High School. Its Learning Resource Center was rebranded as the CITGO Innovation Academy earlier this year, and this reimagined space is facilitating student collaboration and encouraging creativity. The LHSEF pledged multi-year support for this project a year ago, and the 2019-20 school year will be the final year of that financial commitment.

A complete description of all the supported grants, with recipient information and the amount awarded, may be found on the following page. Lemont High School teachers submitted 12 proposals for grants, requesting more than $100,000. Since 2007, the LHSEF has supported more than $430,000 in grants to benefit Lemont High School.

A primary reason the LHSEF has been able to provide such significant support to Lemont High School is the success of the “Food for Thought” series. For 12 years, these celebrations have drawn large crowds of enthusiastic supporters. Typically, the “Taste of Lemont” draws thousands to downtown Lemont, making it one of the most anticipated community events each year.

The LHSEF already is gearing up for this fall’s “Taste of Lemont,” which will take place in downtown Lemont on September 7, 2019. Ticket information will be available in the coming weeks. The “Taste of Lemont” once again will be a family friendly event open to all ages and will feature a number of local food and drink establishments. This year’s headlining band will be Hi Infidelity, one of Chicagoland’s most popular bands.

The LHSEF provides revenue and support to Lemont High School in order to enhance educational opportunities and enrich the overall experience for its students. It operates independently from the school, yet fosters the district’s ongoing and systemic efforts to attain the next level of success in all areas of a comprehensive education for all students.

The LHSEF’s mission is to partner with the community to make lasting improvements to Lemont High School that will enhance the total educational experience for all of its students. Its desire is to fund and support programs and opportunities that aid students’ growth, both academically and as citizens of the Lemont community. The LHSEF is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization; all gifts are tax-deductible to the extent provided by the law.

2019-20 Educational Foundation Grants

“Breakfast Buddies”
Funded at $2,100 — proposal by Krissy Bergles, Willie Hayes & Kelsey Pellus

Since 2006, Breakfast Buddies has helped with socializing for both students with disabilities and students who wish to be mentors. Breakfast Buddies is held before school every other Wednesday and attracts dozens of students. Students with disabilities gain confidence and acceptance, helping to make them feel more a part of the Lemont High School community, while their peer mentors gain expertise in working with individuals with disabilities of all kinds. Social skills, respectful and polite behaviors, and appropriate friendly conversations all are learned and incorporated within the kitchen and classroom setting.

“Gallery 306: Phase I (Lighting)”
Funded at $4,000 — proposal by Ryan Hennebry, Megan Idell, Dave Nommensen & Laina Wing

Gallery 306 debuted on campus in Fall 2017 and annually hosts several art exhibitions. This grant will assist with the first phase of the reimagined Gallery 306. Track lighting will allow for each work of art to be illuminated in a professional-style setting, enhancing and complimenting the display of students’ artwork while also improving the overall ambiance of the gallery for the hundreds of visitors it draws each year. Additionally, upper-level art students will learn how to set up, display and exhibit art in a professional manner.

“LHS Student Pantry”
Funded at $2,000 — proposal by Krissy Bergles & Kelsey Pellus

Several studies show a strong connection between the economic stability of a household and a student’s ability to be successful in the classroom. Some students rely on the school for their primary meal of the day. This grant will establish a pantry of non-perishable items that can be provided to students who have little to no access to food at home over the weekends. School social workers will identify students who could benefit from this program, which could be expanded in the future to provide for more students and their families.

“Link Crew for the Class of 2023”
Funded at $3,520 — proposal by Denise Dalton, Cara Forde & Jeana Parry

The Link Crew is a transition program that makes new students feel at home throughout their first year on campus. Previous Educational Foundation grants have covered the cost of Link Crew training, as well as implementation of the program for the most recent three school years. This grant will cover costs so that the Class of 2023 may benefit from this popular program as well. Survey feedback has provided suggestions to enhance the program so that Link Crew leaders can more effectively serve as role models and mentors throughout the year.

“Newsela PRO Site Subscription”
Funded at $10,000 — proposal by Colleen Holl, Jeana Parry & Rick Prangen

Lemont High School designs learning pathways to ensure each student, regardless of strength in skill, can explore and create extraordinary things equally. Newsela PRO affords all students the opportunity to read highly engaging and credible nonfiction text, while also providing a leveled content that reaches each individual learner without compromising depth or relevance. Newsela PRO will allow each student to be a part of the discussion, regardless of his or her reading level. The product also works seamlessly with Google Classroom, making it easy for teachers to assign readings, as well as embedded activities such as quizzes or short responses. This grant will cover the cost of a school-wide Newsela PRO subscription.

“Physical Education Polar Heart Rate Monitors”
Funded at $3,995 — proposal by the Physical Education Department

During the 2017-18 school year, an Educational Foundation grant provided funding for Polar GoFit Heart Rate Monitors for use in Physical Education classes. This system provides students the opportunity to view their heart rate data while participating in class, as well as to track their fitness outcomes throughout the semester. Instructors use the data to teach the positive effects of exercise on the body and the overall health effects and benefits of regular exercise. This grant will expand the number of monitors that are available daily, which in turn will allow students to utilize them more frequently.

“Picture This - Phase VII”
Funded at $1,600 — proposal by Ryan Hennebry

Previous Educational Foundation grants have funded cross-curricular projects that merge various disciplines with both art and computer aided design (CAD), exposing these areas to students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the building. Students take pride in having their talents showcased through artwork that is framed throughout the building. Connections between school work and the outside world allow students to appreciate the arts, cultures, creativity and imagination, and the framed artwork improves the aesthetics of the school’s hallways. This grant will extend the program into additional locations in the building.