Foot Golf Open Classic Raises Funds for D45 Teacher Grants
On a near perfect mid-August evening, D45 community members came together to support our students and teachers for a round of golf...Foot Golf, that is. It’s identical to golf in every way, except players trade in clubs and a golf ball for a soccer ball.
Each year, the D45 Education Foundation for Academic Excellence ushers in the start of the school year by hosting the Foot Golf Open Classic. At this exciting event, district administration, board members, staff, and community members enjoy dinner, a raffle, and a round of Foot Golf at Lombard Golf Course.
“The Foot Golf Open Classic is just another example of how our D45 community collaborates to ensure high levels of learning for all,” said Dr. Palmisano, Superintendent of Schools.
The mission of the District 45 Foundation is to secure and utilize resources which enhance, support, and promote the education of School District 45 students. All proceeds raised from this event go back to D45’s teachers in the form of grants. These grants directly benefit students and help fund activities that may not fall within the district’s typical operating budget.
According to the Foundation’s website, during the 2019-20 school year, District 45 students will benefit from the following grants:
- Coping Kits – Students learn and utilize self-management strategies to aid them with academic engagement.
- Experiences, Language, and Literacy: Weaving Together Oracy and Understanding – Young learners are engaged through family nights and enriched through a field trip to the DuPage Children’s Museum to set them up for a lifetime of love for learning.
- The Friendship Club – Students develop literacy skills and enjoy sharing open, honest communication with friends in book club.
- Using Non-Fiction Text to Support Science and Social Studies – Students benefit from accessing non-fiction material at their reading level that is appropriate, engaging, and exciting.
- Wildcat Book Club – Students become life-long readers by reading, exploring, sharing, and chatting about books.
Ken Hildreth, a member of the foundation’s board stated, “With so many families participating with students of all ages, the atmosphere was energizing and the event turned out to be a tremendous finish to the first week of school. We had a capacity crowd register for the event and thanks to their generosity and donations from sponsors, we raised about one-third of the money we’d like to have available to fund grants for teachers for the 2020-2021 school year.”
Please visit the foundation’s website to learn more about past grants awarded.