Student Excellence Foundation, Rotary Club offer support for District 200 students in need

  • Student Excellence Foundation and Noon Rotary present supplies to Principal Stacey Bailey, right, at Sandburg Elementary School in Wheaton. Pictured, from left, are: Kara Murphy, foundation board member; Rotarian Kim Prazak; Vicki Sebela, foundation executive director; Rotarian Betsy Adamowski; Jennifer Merck, foundation board president; Tom Paulsen, foundation board member; Rotarian Bob Warzin.

    Student Excellence Foundation and Noon Rotary present supplies to Principal Stacey Bailey, right, at Sandburg Elementary School in Wheaton. Pictured, from left, are: Kara Murphy, foundation board member; Rotarian Kim Prazak; Vicki Sebela, foundation executive director; Rotarian Betsy Adamowski; Jennifer Merck, foundation board president; Tom Paulsen, foundation board member; Rotarian Bob Warzin. Courtesy of Student Excellence Foundation

 
 
Updated 9/15/2021 5:43 PM

As elementary students in Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 head back to school this fall, they will have the supplies they need to ensure success.

This year, the Noon Rotary Club of Wheaton and the Student Excellence Foundation partnered to provide more than $8,000 in backpacks and school supplies to District 200 students in need.

 

In addition to backpacks, items purchased include scissors, stick-on notes, pens, crayon packs, glue sticks, pencil packs, notebooks, pencil boxes, paint sets, 2-pocket folders, and headphones.

Backpacks and supplies were distributed equitably at Lincoln, Hawthorne, Sandburg, Washington, Lowell, Pleasant Hill and Johnson elementary schools.

Rotary provided additional backpacks to Clare Woods Academy and headphones to Bower, Madison, and Johnson elementary schools.

Working together, the Student Excellence Foundation and the Noon Rotary Club of Wheaton were able to impact a significant number of students in multiple schools across District 200, providing supplies necessary for students to thrive and learn.

The Student Excellence Foundation's Essential Needs Fund began in March of 2020 as the Food Insecurity Crisis Fund, providing food for children and families in need.

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In October of that same year, the fund was expanded to meet additional needs and was renamed the Essential Needs Fund.

Now the fund continues to provide food through mobile food pantries, and provides wet and winter weather gear resources in addition to learning enrichment needs such as the supplies mentioned above.

The Essential Needs Fund is supported through the generosity of individuals and businesses. Tax deductible donations can be made through the Student Excellence Foundation's website, www.StudentExcellenceFoundation.org, or by mail at Student Excellence Foundation, P.O. Box 253, Wheaton, IL 60187.

Founded in 1992 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN # 36-3786044), the foundation serves Wheaton-Warrenville Unit District 200's 1,800 educators and nearly 13,000 students in 13 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, 2 high schools, an early childhood center, and a transition center, and is dependent upon parent and community volunteers. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

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