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LHSEF to support ten Educational Foundation grants in 2011-12

The Lemont High School Educational Foundation has committed to supporting ten grants for more than $27,000 for the 2011-12 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 more than 1,500 students. 

The Foundation is funding ten Educational Foundation Grants in part or in full - for a total of $27,233 - with a stipulation that the funds provided for the projects must be used during the 2011-12 school year. 

Included among the 2011-12 Educational Foundation Grants are the following proposals:

  • AED-Prepared Lay Responders
  • Breakfast Buddies
  • Cultural Geography Reading Initiative
  • Discipline Free Dance
  • Environmental Science On-Site Outdoor Education Laboratory
  • Manga: Most Requested Reads
  • Navigating Through the Technology Classroom Part 2
  • Pre-Prom Assembly
  • We See College in YOUR Future 4.0
  • Writing Matters: Navigating the Demands of High School Writing

2011-12 Educational Foundation Grant Summaries

Lemont High School teachers submitted 16 proposals for 2011-12 Educational Foundation Grants, requesting nearly $150,000.

In its four years of existence, the LHSEF has supported more than $130,000 in grants to benefit Lemont High School.

The Lemont High School Educational Foundation provides revenue and support to Lemont High School in order to enhance educational opportunities and enrich the overall experience for its students. The Foundation 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 high school education for all students.

The Foundation’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 Foundation is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. All gifts to the Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent provided by the law.

2011-12 Educational Foundation Grants

“AED-Prepared Lay Responders”
Funded at $656 — proposal by Pam Murray

More than 450 Lemont High School students and staff benefit from the school’s CPR training each year. That training currently incorporates a DVD to simulate the necessary steps for a lay responder to utilize an automated external defibrillator (AED). The school currently owns two AED units that are capable of converting into training units without compromising their purpose. This grant will fund the purchase of two HeartStart FRx AED practice trainers, which look and sound like AED devices. Utilizing a practice device provides trainees with a more realistic tool and first-hand practical experience, as they react to the device’s requests “in the moment.” The additional AED practice trainers will increase the Physical Education Department’s capacity to provide this life-saving instruction to Lemont High School students by 100 percent, as it will have four training units at its disposal.

“Breakfast Buddies”
Funded at $1,575 — proposal by Joan Browning

Giving a chance for special needs students and their mentors to regularly come together, Breakfast Buddies is a successful program that benefits two unique groups of students. Held before school on Wednesdays, Breakfast Buddies attracts more than 30 students weekly. 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 handicaps of all kinds and are given college recommendations based on their work. As this program has progressed, many of the peer leaders involved have began pursuing careers in Special Education or Social Work.

“Cultural Geography Reading Initiative”
Funded at $2,500 — proposal by Cultural Geography PLC Team

All Lemont High School students are required to take Cultural Geography to fulfill their graduation requirements. The course covers the Middle East in the second semester, including the region’s religion, ethnic conflict and poverty. This grant will fund the purchase of 400 copies of “Three Cups of Tea,” author Greg Mortensen’s real-life story of kindness and humility. Mortensen became lost hiking in the mountains of Pakistan, but found his way to a small village where the locals helped him recover from his ordeal. Motivated to repay the kindness he had received, he vowed to return to the village and help build a school. His book recounts the troubles he faced in the United States trying to raise money, as well as difficulties in Pakistan trying to get the supplies to a remote location. Eventually, his success led to the formation of a foundation, which has built a string of schools in both Pakistan and Afghanistan. Beginning with the Class of 2015, the text will positively impact every Lemont High School student by introducing global awareness, preparing them for the non-fiction reading of the PSAE, and enhancing the school’s Learning Initiative strategies.

“Discipline Free Dance”
Funded at $2,000 — proposal by John Kennedy & Brett Nelson

The Discipline Free Dance is an annual event that serves as a reward for Lemont High School students who consistently demonstrate the ability to make the “right” choices. This invitation-only event provides an incentive for students to make good decisions. This much-anticipated event includes a DJ, games and many prizes, and has a tremendous impact on the school’s climate and culture. This grant will underwrite the cost of the 2012 Discipline Free Dance, including the DJ, supplies, and prizes for the attendees. 

“Environmental Science On-Site Outdoor Education Laboratory”
Funded at $2,090 — proposal by Karen Aleman, Monica Johnson & Tim Leffler 

This grant will complete Lemont High School’s on-site ecological restoration project, which is located on the northeast portion of campus. The site - on which students and staff already have worked in consultation with Pizzo and Associates - provides a valuable learning environment. The grant will cover the purchase of more than 2,700 plants, which will help establish a biologically diverse, low-maintenance area on which students can conduct experiments. Students enrolled in Biology, Environmental Science and Integrated Science courses all will be afforded the chance at hands-on experience. However, other disciplines - ranging from Art to Mathematics to Industrial technology - also will be able to utilize the area to enhance their curricula.

“Manga: Most Requested Reads”
Funded at $1,200 — proposal by Cathy Mayer

Manga is the most requested genre of reading at Lemont High School, with more than 50 titles checked out from the school’s Learning Resource Center weekly. An ever-growing part of mainstream American culture, Manga rides a wave of popularity primarily because young adults have helped libraries, bookstores and schools take note of its entertainment, cultural and educational value. The Manga genre includes a variety of topics and styles, but the majority of Manga takes the form of serialized stories. Lemont High School’s LRC first invested in Manga in 2009, and since that time, students have embraced the collection by donating titles of their own and forming a club to discuss the books. This grant will fund four complete series of Manga, which will nearly double the number of titles available at the school, encourage students’ love of reading, and promote the school’s Learning Initiative.

“Navigating Through the Technology Classroom - Part 2”
Funded at $8,122 — proposal by Kathy Young

Thanks in part to previous Educational Foundation grants, Lemont High School’s Mathematics Department has transitioned to the TI-Nspire graphing calculators. A grant last year funded the purchase of three TI-Nspire Navigation Systems in an aim to further integrate this technology into the school’s curriculum. This grant will fund the purchase of three additional systems. These systems are used in virtually all of the school’s math classes, and allow all students to wirelessly connect to their teachers. Students receive files from the teacher’s computer directly to their calculator, and teachers can monitor the work students are completing on their TI-Nspire. Teachers may assess students more easily, comparing and contrasting all students’ work simultaneously, and redirect their instruction based on the students’ performance. 

“Pre-Prom Assembly”
Funded at $3,000 — proposal by Bobbe Fash

Each year, just before the school’s Prom, all Lemont High School students attend the Pre-Prom Assembly. This program benefits the entire student body - regardless of whether a student is attending Prom that year - by reinforcing valuable concepts students have been taught throughout their lives. Students often are faced with some of their most difficult decisions around the Prom season. This grant will fund a guest speaker, guest group or presentation that will address all students about the importance of making smart choices regarding many of the dangers that teenagers currently face.

“We See College in YOUR Future 4.0”
Funded at $4,230 — proposal by Kathy Brockett 

Aiding students on the cusp of achieving a composite ACT score that would qualify them for a four-year college or university, this grant will cover half the cost of the ExcelEdge ACT 36 prep course for 20 students, and underwrite the full cost of the class for five students. The eight-week course helps students become familiar with the ACT, providing them with test taking strategies to help them achieve a higher ACT score. The goal is to increase the scores of the targeted students to at least 18, which not only will make them eligible for entry to a four-year college or university, but also help the school in its goal of having 85 percent of all its seniors reach that mark.

“Writing Matters: Navigating the Demands of High School Writing”
Funded at $1,860 — proposal by Patty Melei

Helping to prepare writers for the rigors of high school writing, this grant will fund a five-day summer immersion program for any incoming freshman looking to successfully navigate the school’s writing-intensive curriculum, including at-risk students. This writing camp hosted by the school’s Writing Center - “The Bridge” - will engage students with hardware and software that will help them manage the demands of high school writing and literacy. Practical writing strategies and technology tips will be provided in order to put even reluctant writers down a path towards success. Students who participate in the program will be invited to the return to The Bridge twice during the fall semester to refresh their skills. The goal of the project is to bridge gaps of both writing and understanding technology, in order to create a successful academic experience for the students involved.