A charitable foundation has given more than $22,000 in grants to Wauconda High School staffers for a variety of projects.
Computer tablets, projectors and graphic novels are among the purchases made possible by the grants from the Bulldog Nation Foundation.
"These grants are the tip of the iceberg," said Steve Diol, the group's president. "We recognize the state of educational funding in Illinois and understand the need to raise money through other avenues besides property taxes and additional student fees."
Thanks to the foundation's generosity:
• The language arts, math and science departments will receive new projectors.
• The math department will receive computer-connected writing tablets that will allow teachers to have more one-on-one time with students.
• The English department will purchase novels for students who are financially unable to purchase them on their own.
• The social studies department will receive three document cameras for use in various classes.
• A psychology teacher will receive funds to purchase food for hands-on experiments.
• A U.S. history classroom will receive a set of cartoonist Art Spiegelman's award-winning graphic novel "Maus" for lessons about the Holocaust.
• The drama, theater, band and choir programs will receive audio and video recording equipment.
"The funding of these grants continues the mission of the Bulldog Nation Foundation to support innovation in the classroom at Wauconda High School," Superintendent Daniel Coles said in an email. "The BNF has filled a most important niche in helping to enhance the overall mission of Wauconda High School."
Since its creation in 2011, the Bulldog Nation Foundation has awarded 24 grants totaling $59,000. The group raises money with community events throughout the school year.
A selection committee reviews grant applications and decides which projects will be funded. Nine new projects were considered this year, in addition to several projects that were first proposed in 2013.
"We intend to continue raising funds until all of the grant requests are fulfilled," Diol said.
More information about the group can be found at bulldognationfoundation.net.