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During the 2014-2015 school year, Foundation 65 (F65) will provide more than $245,000 to fund literacy and arts programming for District 65 students. Over the past six years, F65 has invested in innovative arts and literacy programs, implemented by District 65 and other community organizations.

F65’s funding will continue to support Advancing Literacy for ALL or Partner Reading and Content, too. The purpose of this project is to increase content literacy through improved instruction and a greater array of materials related to science and social studies topics. Ultimately, the goal is to increase students’ ability to read and understand complex nonfiction text and to better prepare students for the challenge of successful learning in high school. The program will expand this year to 3rd grade.

F65 will fund an ongoing arts integration program, Project AIM. The goal of Project AIM is to enhance academic achievement by integrating arts into the curriculum at all of District 65’s schools. The grant will complement funding provided by District 65 and the Center for Community Arts Partnerships at Columbia College.

Additional programs that will be funded by Foundation 65 this school year are:

Child Parent Center Program: CPCs provide comprehensive and continuous education and family support services from prekindergarten to third grade for children at risk of underachievement. The program enhances school readiness skills, increases early school achievement and performance, and promotes parent involvement and engagement.

Family Author Experience: The Family Author program works to create a shared family and school-wide experience through an author visit and school-based activities related to the visit. This year, author Greg Neri will visit Bessie Rhodes, Chute, Haven, King Lab and Nichols.

Kindergarten Literacy Education at Play (Kindergarten LEAP): This is an outreach early literacy program developed by the outreach librarians at Evanston Public Library. Through innovative play scenarios, it will promote early literacy skill building and social interaction at 12 District 65 elementary schools.

Kindergarten Library Tours: This partnership with the Evanston Public Library provides funding for all District 65 kindergarteners to visit the Evanston Public Library and get a library card and to be introduced to the Library’s Children’s Room.

Summer Reading Program (June 2014-August 2014): This grant supports summer reading growth by providing books to first-grade students who have received supplementary reading support in first grade. By keeping these struggling readers engaged in reading, they are able to maintain the reading growth they attained during the school year.

Responsive Grants: Additionally F65 will make one-year grants of $3,000 each to support six projects focused on media arts, science, music, poetry, drama, and the arts.

“Foundation 65 is a key and valued partner to our school district,” said Paul Goren, Superintendent of District 65, “We are so pleased and grateful for this generous support.”

“Foundation 65 is proud to support the students and teachers of District 65 by providing funds for literacy and arts-related programs that enrich and enhance District 65’s curricular goals,” said Lise Jinno, Foundation 65’s Executive Director. “We are honored to be able to contribute to a richer educational experience for all students in Evanston-Skokie District 65.”

Since 2003, Foundation 65, independently operated, has invested more than $1.2 million in projects and programs making an impact at every school in District 65.