School Funding

Teachers receive grants to fund school programs


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) – The Board of Directors of the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation (CUSF) “Prize Patrol” presented souvenir vouchers to 182 teachers in Unit 4 of Champaign and Urbana School District on Tuesday and Wednesday .

Executive Director Kelly Hill said the checks were helping fund 113 new school projects for more than 10,000 students.

Teachers Bradley Benner and Megan Tipton submitted a grant proposal for the Drums Alive program for physical education and music and received a check from CUSF on Wednesday. Thanks to the grant, the Drums Alive for PE and Music program will be able to provide brain and body activities that integrate physical, social and emotional health with activities based on rhythm and movement. 500 students from kindergarten to grade 5 in Urbana will participate, officials say.

“We are excited to merge rhythms and physical activity by giving students the opportunity to use their brains and bodies to express their emotions,” Tipton said.

Funds have been donated to many other places. For example, an aquarium with live jellyfish for Centennial biology students will be purchased. In addition, students from Kindergarten to Grade 5 at Dr. Williams Elementary School will have the opportunity to research monarch butterflies. At Franklin College, 8e students will read new books with young protagonists from different backgrounds and facing unique challenges. 6e International Prep Academy graders will have the chance to participate in sculpting and engraving with new supplies. At Urbana High School, 76 high school music students will participate in an in-depth study by composer Aaron Copeland. The funds will be used to purchase music and invite guest artists to support the students as they study, learn and perform the works of Copeland.

The CUSF plans to award approximately $ 150,000 in grants to teachers and students during the 2021-22 school year. The Foundation’s mission is to invest in educators and students by supporting creativity, innovation and excellence in Champaign and Urbana public schools. For more information, or to donate and support these grants, contact Executive Director Kelly Hill at [email protected] or 217-398-2873.

A full list of projects funded in 2021-2022 and photos can be found here.


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