2018 WPSF Carlson Event
This year's Carlson Event was held on February 1st. Stay tuned for updates and images from the event!
2017 WPSF CARLSON EVENT
On January 26th, 2017, District 36 parents, faculty, and administrators gathered at the home of Rose Selker and Carter Ruehrdanz for the annual WPSF Carlson Event to learn more about some of the Foundation's recent grants. The event began with a welcome by WPSF Co-Chairs, Meredith Meyer and Linda O'Toole, during which they shared a history of the Foundation and it's work to raise funds that enable Winnetka's public schools to go above and beyond what is possible with tax dollars alone. The Foundation began in 1995 and has awarded over $4.2 million dollars in grants over the past 22 years.
Many D36 administrators joined us to celebrate the work of the Foundation, including Dave Kanne, Daniel Ryan, Kelly Tess, and Tony Venetico.
Kelly Tess, Skokie School principal, presented on the Skokie School's Makerspaces for the evening's first WPSF grant overview. The Foundation awarded funds to purchase new materials for the Skokie digital literacy lab, allowing students to experience hand-on, inquiry-based learning to learn about science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). The new materials and funds also allowed Skokie to create three unique STEAM spaces including a TV studio, a traditional maker space, as well as an electrical engineering/robotics focused space. Kelly shared photos and videos of these unique learning spaces at Skokie and explained how such spaces offer social emotional learning (SEL) support for some students to shine in ways they may not in other class settings.
Todd Burleson, Hubbard Woods Resource Center Director, was the second presenter of the evening, sharing WGST, the elementary school's 'World's Greatest Student Television' studio. The Foundation provided grants for Todd to update the television studio which was originally created by another Foundation grant in 2001. Fourth graders at Hubbard Woods have the opportunity to plan, write, produce and televise their very own news program for the school each day. Todd shared photos and videos of WGST in action. This Foundation grant has inspired television studios at other District 36 schools as well.
The Carlson Event was a great success, providing an opportunity for parents and the community to better understand what the Foundation does and how it touches each District 36 learner. Many thanks to all who attended and to the Carlson committee (Mira Hole, Mindy Purcell, and Rose Selker) for all of their hard work to make the evening such a success.
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