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District 33 Awarded 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant

Elementary Dist 33

     Great news! District 33 is the recipient of three grant awards! Read on for details about each of them.

  • District 33 Awarded 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant
  • District 33 Awarded School Mental Health Support Grant
  • Turner School Wins $750 ExxonMobileGrant

District 33 Awarded 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant

     West Chicago Elementary School District 33, in partnership with Breaking Free, West Chicago Police Department, West Chicago Park District, Northern Illinois University, Literacy DuPage, and Benedictine University, was awarded a 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grant for West Chicago Middle School. The award is $150,000 a year for up to 5 years.

     The 21st CCLC will address risk factors through after school and summer programming, additional academic instruction, parent education, family nutrition and fitness services, parent literacy classes, and family safety education in order to:

  • Increase student capacity for constructive decision-making, drug awareness and conflict resolution skills
  • Increase positive behavior
  • Increase student achievement in reading, math, and science
  • Increase positive recreational activities and positive adult role model contact
  • Increase positive parenting skills
  • Increase positive family relationships
  • Increase second language literacy (reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension) for parents
  • Increase family health and nutrition/exercise education, and
  • Increase family/community safety.

     "We are thrilled to receive this funding at a time when services are so critically needed", said Marjory Lewe-Brady, District 33's Director of Partnerships for Wellness, Safety, and Achievement. "We are thankful to our partners for the ability to work together to provide these programs for students and families in West Chicago."

District 33 Awarded School Mental Health Support Grant

     West Chicago Elementary School District 33, in partnership with Metropolitan Family Services-DuPage, was awarded a School Mental Health Support Grant. The award is $75,000 a year for up to 3 years contingent upon future state appropriations.

     The goal of the grant program is to provide a coordinated system for early identification of child and adolescent mental health problems and linkage to appropriate services so that students and their families receive the needed mental health care and support services required to succeed at school, home, and in the community. In addition to clinical assessment and treatment services, education will be delivered to students, families and staff regarding social and emotional development, increased awareness of the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, enhancing resilience and protective factors, positive parenting methods, and referral protocols and linkage to community resources and services.

Turner School Wins $750 ExxonMobileGrant

     Turner School in West Chicago Elementary School District 33 was recently awarded a $750 grant from ExxonMobil. Turner School is located at 750 Ingalton Avenue, West Chicago.

     The grant was written by Mike Khetarpal, owner of West Chicago Mobil, 219 S. Neltnor Blvd., West Chicago. Funded by the ExxonMobil Corporation, the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program is designed to provide Exxon retailers the opportunity to invest in the future of their communities through educational grants to neighborhood schools. ExxonMobil believes that the local retailer, as a member of the community, is best qualified to work with local educators to identify schools and programs most in need of support.

     "We are grateful that West Chicago Mobile chose to give this grant to Turner School", said Principal John Rodriguez. "We plan to use the funds to purchase a portable sound system for student and parent events." You have been sent this message as a District 33 Key Communicator. Please pass this information on to at least one other person. If you know someone who would like to become a Key Communicator, please have them contact me. If you wish to be removed from this distribution list, use the unsubscribe feature at the bottom of this email. 

Becky Koltz
Director of Community Relations
West Chicago Elementary School District 33
(630) 293-6000 ext. 201


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