A nonprofit group has awarded seven grants totaling more than $25,000 to academic programs at Wauconda High School, officials announced.
The money from the Bulldog Nation Foundation, which formed in 2011 to support the school, will help fund projects in the English, science and social studies departments.
"We are honored to be able to help the teachers of Wauconda High School provide innovative classroom technology and learning methods to our students with these grants," foundation President Steve Diol said.
This year's grants will help buy laptops for science labs, chemistry equipment and materials for social studies classes, among other efforts.
Diol said his favorite project the group did calls for the creation of a digital media production class that will produce announcements to be aired on monitors throughout the school.
"(They) can promote school activities, clubs within the school, sporting events, fundraisers or special events throughout the year," Diol said. "This project has the potential to touch thousands of people every day."
The effort actually is receiving two grants for cameras, computers, monitors and other gear.
In four years, the foundation has awarded 31 grants totaling more than $82,000.
Previous grants helped pay for the purchase of graphic novels about the Holocaust, cameras, gardening materials, iPads and other classroom tools.
The group's budget comes from fundraising events held throughout the school year.
Donations also can be made on the foundation's website, bulldognationfoundation.net/grants.