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Dist. 207 Foundation dinner tops $13,000 to benefit students

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  • Maine West Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Bernie Gerstmayr, performs during the recent District 207 Educational Foundation benefit dinner.

      Maine West Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Bernie Gerstmayr, performs during the recent District 207 Educational Foundation benefit dinner.
    Courtesy of District 207

 
Submitted by District 207

The fifth annual Maine Township High School District 207 Educational Foundation Benefit Dinner, "A Night For The Books," was held at the Rosewood Restaurant on Tuesday, April 4.

Featured was entertainment by the Maine East Chamber Choir, the Maine West Jazz Band and the Maine South Chamber Orchestra. Recognized were the many District 207 Educational Foundation grant recipients, whose innovative and engaging learning activities have been supported since the last benefit.

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Recent grants helped groups of Maine West students take a service trip to a Native American reservation in the Black Hills, install a wind turbine on campus, and purchase a microphone and amplifier for their poetry slam group, "Louder Than A Lawnmower."

Foundation members, District 207 administrators, teachers, retired teachers, alumni and community members gathered to raise money for the special events, guest speakers, field trips, and other unique opportunities that will be funded in the year to come.

Retired Maine East principal and Foundation member David Barker, emcee for the evening, conducted an on-the-spot grant sponsorship which raised money for a vaccine freezer for the School Based Health Center at Maine East and for summer reading books for economically disadvantaged students at all three schools.

A silent auction of over 60 items, generously donated by local restaurants and area attractions, and a 50-50 raffle also added to the fundraising effort. All told, the 163 guests attending the benefit helped the District 207 Educational Foundation raise more than $13,000, a total that exceeds all previous years.

The District 207 Educational Foundation maintains a website at www.maine207foundation.org. Anyone interested in donating to the Foundation, or in learning more about its work, can do so at that site.

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