The Educational Foundation has been providing support to staff and student educational initiatives since 2004 that are partially funded – or not funded at all – by the District 203 budget. Through a formal application process and review by the Grant Committee, awards are made twice a year.
Donations make it possible for the Foundation to support many unique projects and opportunities for students and faculty.
Foundation approves additional $33K in program grants
The Foundation, led by a volunteer board of alumni, parents and friends, recently approved an additional $33,000 in grant support bringing its total to over $65,000 this year. These funds benefit a large percentage of the entire student population for a wide variety of disciplines and activities. NTEF partners with teachers and staff to identify exceptional educational opportunities beyond the reach of the District 203 budget that can be brought into the classrooms or take place outside the school setting. These programs support the arts, music, literature, health and wellness, media & theatre, science & engineering, technology, social studies, special education, service learning, student clubs, and faculty initiatives.
A partial list of programs and initiatives that will receive funding from the Foundation this spring include:
Metropolitan Community Project: New Trier student volunteers from Social Service Board and the Sociology in Action class are partnering with Kelvyn Park High School (KPHS), a Chicago Public School, in order to advocate for fair funding of schools in Illinois. Funds from the Foundation will provide transportation, lunches, writing materials, and the facilitator fee to continue this initiative.
Dance Lab 2 Showcase at Vittum Theatre: This project provides the advanced dance students an opportunity to produce a professional dance concert and perform original choreographed works in an iconic Chicago theater. Funds enable Dance Lab to rent the Vittum Theater, hire a professional lighting designer, buy costumes and create publicity materials such as posters and flyers.
Volta Science Olympiad: Now in its 7th year of sponsoring a Science Olympiad team within the Chicago Public School system, New Trier faculty and students team together with Volta Elementary School in the Albany Park neighborhood. NT student volunteers assist the Volta students with studying, practice labs, and building their engineering products. The Volta teams have finished in the top three in the city for the last three years and have advanced to the state tournament. Funding support provides engineering supplies, competition supplies, and other needed services.
All American High School Film Festival: NT students in Film Production 2 are submitting film entries in the spring to this national competition. They will be traveling to New York City in the fall along with faculty to participate in the festival. The event provides exposure to the work of other young, talented and hard-working filmmakers from other parts of the world.
The festival also includes workshops, panel discussions, technology showcases as well as networking opportunities. Funding support helps to reduce students’ out-of-pocket expenses. Last year, two of our students were accepted into the competition and had their films screened in the AMC Movie Theater in Times Square.
Collaboration between New Trier & Perspectives Charter School: In 2016, 45 New Trier students from the Integrated Global Studies School (IGSS) program and 45 students from Perspectives Charter School on Chicago’s south side met several times to get to know each other, build solidarity, and discuss ways they could work together to decrease violence and bring more peace to Chicago. Funds will pay for a facilitator to guide the first of three exchanges between New Trier and Perspectives students with the goal of making this a transformational experience for all student participants.
Lincoln-Douglas Debate Coach Training & Materials: NT faculty Ursula Gruber has been invited to participate in two leading summer debate institutes where she will engage with coaches from across the country to gain valuable insight for New Trier’s Lincoln-Douglas Debate Program. The outcome of this training will help keep an excellent competitive standard for our students.
In addition, the Dance Studio will upgrade its lighting to provide a better theatrical experience for in-class studies and performative assessments. Kinetic Wellness will also purchase new equipment to help in reaching its goal of continuing to provide the most comprehensive and functional workout facility for NT students.