Each individual school submitted a grant application. The programs funded and schools to which the grants were awarded are listed below:
Queen Bee School District 16
The grant will be used to purchase various instruments, storage equipment, and a sheet music filing system to replace the choir music library. The grant will also provide master classes and professional directors for the classrooms.
Hadley Junior High
The grant will be used to purchase various instruments, iPads and other music items as well as for visits from professional guest artists and to pay for instrument repairs.
Glenbard South High School
The grant will be used to purchase various instruments, audio recording equipment and choral music, as well as to fund guest clinicians, workshops and scholarships for individual lessons.
Community Consolidated School District 89
The grant will be used to purchase 32 ukuleles, 33 iPads and to underwrite master classes at Glen Crest Middle School three times per year for 12 instrument sections.
Glenbard West High School
The grant will be used to purchase two violins and a tuba and to fund ensemble/expert residencies for band, choir and orchestra, and lesson support for 11 students.
Hubble Middle School
The grant will be used to purchase various instruments and an ultrasonic brass cleaning machine, as well as to fund guest performances and master classes.
Community Unit School District 200
The grant will be used to purchase instruments to teach the Orff method to students in grades K-5 and to fund Orff training for music staff.
Madison Elementary School
The grant will be used to hire a professional string quartet to perform for K-5 children at seven elementary schools and to also provide mentoring for beginning orchestra students.
Edison Middle School
The grant will be used to purchase various instruments, recording equipment and an ultrasonic brass cleaning machine and to fund appearances by guest clinicians.
Franklin Middle School
The grant will be used to purchase electric and brass instruments, choral octavos and an ultrasonic brass cleaning machine, and to cover a guest artist honorarium, busing costs to local elementary schools for the purpose of mentoring and transportation for local senior citizen group performances.
Monroe Middle School
The grant will be used for instrument purchases and repairs, sheet music, band and orchestra chairs and an ultrasonic brass cleaning machine.
Wheaton North High School
The grant will be used to purchase a timpani set for band and orchestra and a music filing system.
Wheaton Warrenville South High School
The grant will be used to purchase various instruments, recording and sound equipment and an ultrasonic brass cleaning machine, and to fund tuition for summer training, practice room equipment, guest artist performances and a clinic.
This is the second year that the Glendale Heights and the Glen Ellyn schools have received funds from the JCS Fund for their music programs. The Wheaton schools will be eligible to apply for a second year of funding in 2015.
"We are overwhelmed by the generosity of the JCS Fund," said Faith Dahlquist, Community
Unit School District 200 interim superintendent. "We are also excited and grateful to continue building this incredible partnership with The DuPage Community Foundation to support and supplement existing programs in our District. From kindergarten through 12th grade, these grants will greatly enhance music programming and provide certain 'wish list' items that our schools and District could not otherwise support. Not only will the grants support music equipment, but they will also provide the professional development for our teachers in new music instructional methods."
"It is hoped that by providing students with opportunities to experience classical music they will develop a greater appreciation for this genre of music," said Barb Szczepaniak, director of programs for The DuPage Community Foundation. "These grants are aimed at doing just that."
About the JCS Fund:
The JCS Fund was established as an affiliate fund of The DuPage Community Foundation in February 2013. Its mission is to support art, music, cultural, health, and educational organizations serving the needs of residents of DuPage County, with a particular emphasis on programs that provide long-term benefits. The JCS Fund also has discretion to support charitable organizations serving other communities if it determines that the goals of these organizations are consistent with the Fund's charitable interests.
About The DuPage Community Foundation:
The DuPage Community Foundation seeks to raise the quality of life throughout DuPage County by fostering philanthropy, connecting donors to area needs and building community partnerships. Based on the American virtues of volunteerism and philanthropy, the Foundation fosters a legacy of support for the people of DuPage County by making grants to not-for-profit organizations working in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment, health, and human services. Since its inception, the Foundation has built its endowment to nearly $59 million and
awarded more than $19 million in grants to not-for-profit agencies serving the residents of
DuPage County and beyond.
Established in 1986, The DuPage Community Foundation is a publicly-supported 501(c)(3) organization to which contributions are tax deductible. It was created to benefit the people of DuPage County and receives contributions and bequests into a permanent endowment from
individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations wishing to make lasting contributions to the people of DuPage. The earnings on these funds are then used, in accordance with donor wishes, for the Foundation's grantmaking and community leadership activities.
For more information about the Foundation, or to arrange future media opportunities, please contact Joelyn Kott, marketing & communications officer, at (630) 665-5556, extension 19, or email@example.com.