Making a difference in our schools.
“When the community supports the CU Schools Foundation, they are investing in learning resources for C-U students that launch them from the classroom into authentic learning that can be carried into real-life careers.” -Laura Hlinka and Janice Hari, Urbana Middle School
Tackling real world challenges.
This fall, as part of our latest COLLABORATIVE GRANT, students from Edison Middle School and Urbana High School joined forces to plant crops, dig a pond, test soil, build solar distillation units, harvest water and make it potable for consumption, create Farm-to-Table menus and generate hands-on connections between scientific theory and practice.
There are lots of jobs here, and it makes it easier to be part of a team. -Amalie, Edison Middle School student
“This project is the perfect working lab for my environmental science students and my animal and land science students'” says Dr. Joni White, UHS Science and Agriculture teacher. “Real world experiences are essential for understanding and honing problem solving skills.”
Engaging students through the arts.
Cara Maurizi, a music teacher at King Elementary in Urbana, and Lisa Ferguson, a first grade teacher at the same school, believe the arts are essential to education. The two teamed up on a grant proposal to connect Next Generation Science Standards with the arts. They developed lessons in five subject areas, and each lesson fuses art, literacy and science.
Career Realism is a new project designed to help ninth and tenth graders research and explore careers they might not have considered in high demand fields such as culinary science, veterinary medicine, engineering, carpentry, child development and more.
In November, more than 130 students from Centennial, Central and Urbana High Schools toured businesses related to their career areas of interest. READ MORE
Centennial High School art teacher Stacey Gross wanted to provide her AP Studio Art students with the opportunity to learn a range of printmaking skills, so she applied for an I.D.E.A. Grant from Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation. With funding from the grant she was able to take her students on a field trip to the Nobel Ink Laboratory on the University of Illinois campus. READ MORE
Taking additional steps.
Bradley Brenner, a physical education teacher at Wiley Elementary includes pedometers activities in his gym class, thanks to a Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation I.D.E.A. Grant. Brenner wears a pedometer daily and says it encourages him to take more steps. He believes pedometers persuade students to stay active by giving them a concrete goal to achieve. READ MORE