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Summer 2012 Newsletter

  1. 1. BUILDING THE QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER OF THE DECATUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION blocks SUMMER 2012 Celebrate! The Legacy of LearningT he Decatur Public Schools Foundation is seeking Lakeview or the old Decatur High School who has made nominations for Outstanding Alumni of Decatur significant contributions in The Arts, Science, Technology, Public Schools. Winners will be honored at the tenth Academic Achievement, or in their field of work, call theannual "Celebrate! The Legacy of Learning" award ceremony Foundation for a nomination form at 424-3300 or visiton Saturday, November 10th, 2012. for more information. If you know a graduate of Eisenhower, MacArthur, Nominations are accepted until July 27th, 2012! Why Donors Give to the Decatur Public Schools Foundation - A Message from the Trustees “Our growing donor base understands that a donation to the DPSF directly places creative learning processes into our students hands. Ive seen the excitement the teachers and the students feel!” – Jan Kelsheimer “The following quote by Linus Banks has been the driving force in my family’s community giving, beginning with my grandfather.” – Lucy Smith “For the cause that lacks assistance, for the wrong that needs resistance, for the future in the distance, and the good that we can do.” “The DPSF recognizes how important it is for donors to be able to see their generous gifts at work in District #61. Working in partnership with administrators and teachers, the DPSF has funded more than three million dollars in grants and programs since forming fifteen years ago. We are making a positive impact on the quality of education our young citizens receive and preparing them to work and live in a global community. Every gift, large or small, makes a positive impact!” – Marilyn Davis “Because we are a community of families, and our donors become involved to strengthen educational programs which keep our families strong!” – Valdimir Talley “As a parent of students whose school received funds from the DPSF I was able to experience first-hand the level of enthusiasm, excitement and gratitude my children, their peers and teachers had surrounding their project. Many donors share this same sense of delight and pride in the students, the projects and the Decatur school system after seeing what their contribution helped accomplish.” – Tiffany Lukis “The DPSF hears directly from the frontline workers in Education (teachers) on their needs, then makes teacher initiatives in the classrooms a reality. It is great to hear about student successes so we can continue to focus donor resources on projects that work.” – Tom Binder “The public schools are the foundation of our community’s future. Providing enrichment activities for our children and students gives them the tools they will need to maintain their foundation and build on it.” – Wendy Morthland
  2. 2. 2 BUILDING blocks SUMMER 2012 • $214,327 in Grants and Programs Were Funded $214,327 in Grants and Programs Were Fu by the DPSF in 2011 - 2012!T he Decatur Public Schools Foundation supported teachers and schools throughout District #61 with funding forT innovative and creative Schools Foundation supportedinterest in learning. Thank you to District #61 for your continued he Decatur Public projects designed to stimulate teachers and schools throughout our donors with funding for support – your donations projects designed to stimulate interest support for each student in District #61 this year! innovative and creative have provided twenty-three dollars of in learning. Thank you to our donors for your continued support – your donations have provided twenty-three dollars of support for each student in District #61 this year! ADM Earth Day Grants $1,350 Pickin at Owl Pellets 1 Squirmy Worms Pickin at Owl Pellets 2 Raised Flower Bed Growing Veggies for the Zoo Planet Protection Pickin’ at Owl Pellets – TJMS Squirmy Worms – Pershing Early Learning STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math $29,500The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Caching in on Wellness:TumbleBooks-ebooks for Kids Common Core Math StationsMath Manipulatives in the Classroom CO2 Sequestration and Its ApplicationsEnhancing Communication Skills with iPads Seeking SolutionsSharks-Sinking our Jaws into Math Fluency I ExploreEnhancing Communication Skills with iPads Family Engineering NightsScholastic World Math and Reading Comes Alive Family EngineeringSharks Sinking Jaws Nights – 8 into Math – French Elementary Academy Schools To lear n more ab out the DPSF
  3. 3. 2 • SUMMER 2012 BUILDING blocks 3 Funded by the DPSF in 2011 - 2012! Schools and Community $8,116 Career and Goal Setting Career and Goal Setting 2 Food, Sewing, and Culture Duct Tape Accessories and Shoes African American Culture Depicted through Photo Essays Home/ School Connection Real Baby Project Parenting Bullying Prevention Project Social Emotional Learning Kids Fitness Club Grants to New Teachers School Assemblies Bullying Prevention The Arts $5,359 Music Students are Listening Hope and Peace (Global Art Project) Cats and Dogs World Music Drumming Group Ukulele Class and Projects Go Dog Go Theatre Arts Group Ukulele Academic Enrichment $7,502 Leaping for Reading Evaluating Art through History Nooked on Reading Language Publishing Program The Readers Choice Program Three R’s of Reading SDMS Student – Led Book Club Exercise Balls as Chair Replacements Abraham Lincoln Workshop Newspapers in Education Donor Advised Projects $162,500 DPSF donor advised funds support projects designed to meet the specific needs of our students and staff. Thank you to our donors who provide funding in these important areas! I The DPSF Musical Instrument Library, in partnership I The Bob Jones Music Fund purchased and repaired with the Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur, instruments, provided private lessons, and awarded a provided more than 120 loaner instruments to students $2,000 scholarship to a MacArthur senior I Creative Science Investigations offered exciting hands- I The Athletic Fund allowed more students to participate on opportunities for all elementary students and in sports professional development for teachers I The Second Grade Art Fund supplied much needed I The Ellen Spycher Teachers Fund supported numerous materials to our second graders everyday needs in our classrooms through grants to I The South Shores Music Grant supported more days of twenty five teachers music learningS F, v isit ion
  4. 4. MacArthur High School Alumni WallD o you fondly remember your days at next to the event entry. What a meaningful gift for MacArthur High School? A limited parents or grandparents this could be! A lovely opportunity to commemorate that keepsake card depicting the plaque is alsospecial time is now available through the available, making the gift very personal.Decatur Public Schools Foundation. MHS Go to forAlumni can be part of the newly remodeled ordering information and pictures of the project.exterior of MHS through the purchase of a Or call the DPSF at 217-424-3300 to request abeautiful plaque permanently affixed to the wall brochure and order form. Memorial Donations Memorial Donations to the Decatur Public Schools Foundation pay lasting tribute to friends and family members who worked in Decatur Public Schools. The following donations have been made recently: Donor In honor of Mark & Kathy Sorensen In honor of Jennifer Raleigh Joan Jack In memory of David Jack Ruth Cortright In memory of Eunice Dansby Gingrey Melanie Escott In memory of Gloria Gebhart Mercer T. J. & Paulette Jackson In memory of Wandie Sain Melanie Escott In memory of Gloria Gebhart Mercer Capt. & Mrs. Gerald A. Fulk In honor of the DHS Class of 1952 Betty Query Smith In memory of D. Christopher Eldridge The DPSF strives for accuracy but sometimes misspellings do occur and we apologize for those made in the last issue. Corrections are below. Mary Durnil In memory of Patricia A. Durnil Carol & Jerome Pelz In memory of Carl Brink DECATUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION Our mission... BOARD OF TRUSTEES TRUSTEES ... to acquire and distribute Chair Tom Binder Tiffany Lukis Wendy Morthland resources to Decatur Public Gloria J. Davis Lucy Smith Vice Chair Marilyn S. Davis Valdimir Talley School District 61 to enhance, Brian Byers T.J. Jackson David Weber enrich and encourage learning Treasurer Shirley Kistler Dan Winter David Butts opportunities for its students, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Secretary staff and community. Jan Kelsheimer Judy Taylor