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posted: 9/3/2014 3:27 PM

Dist. 62 Foundation reports at school board meeting

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Des Plaines Elementary School District 62 Foundation officers Susie Adams and Julie Luck Jensen reviewed the grants that were funded during the 2013-2014 school year and presented the goals for the 2014-2015 school year at a recent school board meeting.

Last year, 29 grants totaling $19,069 were distributed to teachers. In addition to the mini-grants, the District 62 Foundation funded the return of anti-bullying speaker John Halligan in January 2014. He presented Ryan's Story assemblies to all middle school students.

On Feb. 21, the District 62 Foundation hosted a benefit dinner at Café la Cave that was attended by more than 250 people. The headliner was the D62s, a band of 12 District 62 employees. More than $21,000 was raised for mini-grants and other programs.

An annual retreat, facilitated by Luck Jensen, resulted in these goals:

• Support District 62 initiatives by providing grants to D62 teachers and students; funding speakers and assemblies; and creating an efficient and effective board of trustees.

• Develop a community relations/communications plan by creating connections with local businesses and community leaders and organizations; working with staff and parent groups; and connecting with alumnae, students, parents, and residents.

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