Student Excellence Grant Recipients


2018 Grant Recipients

"On behalf of my overjoyed students, I want to express my gratitude for funding our classroom library. The students were beyond delighted to arrive at school after the break to find new books they requested for our classroom. The energy in the room was palpable, and it is because of your generosity and fundraising. Students who do not normally gravitate to books were arguing over who was to read what first. As a reading teacher, it put a huge smile on my face. Your donation has truly made a difference in my students. Thank you again."

Kelly Moran,
Hubble Middle School

Spring 2017 Grant Recipients

"Thank you so much!!  I am so excited and grateful to have received the grant! I have thought about flexible seating for so long, it will be so wonderful to have it become a reality."

"I'm thrilled to continue to use my passion for technology and incorporate it into my classroom so that my students can not only share my passion for technology but also continue to use technology to make them 21st century learners!"

Jessica Good,
Madison Elementary School

"Thank you so much!  The students at Madison will greatly benefit fro the generosity of the Student Excellence Foundation and your donors!"

Mary Jo Witnik,
Madison Elementary School

"Thank you so much for the good news!  We are very excited to add this into  our classroom!  I appreciate all of the time, effort, and consideration for this great opportunity."

Bobby Munro,
Wheaton Warrenville South High School

"Thank you so much! I'm honored to be selected for this grant! The students will love being able to experience the robots! Thank you again!"

Sarah Peterson,
Lincoln Elementary School

"Thank you so much, I am really excited to hear this news. I appreciate you choosing my grant and I think it will be a great addition to my classroom! I look forward to sharing the benefits of this."

Colin Murphy,
Wheaton North High School

Fall 2016 Grant Recipients

"Thank you for sharing such great news right before Thanksgiving! I can't say thank you enough to the Student Excellence Foundation for the opportunity to better my classroom through this grant. I am beyond excited and look forward to seeing each student benefit from having a Hooki Stool to use!"

Betsy Prange,
Pleasant Hill Elementary School

"THANK YOU so much! I'm so excited that my grant was awarded! I can't wait to share the news with my students tomorrow."

Kaitlin Snow,
Whittier Elementary School

"Thank you so very much for this opportunity! I can't wait to share this with my students and tell them what we'll be getting!  I so appreciate your time and commitment to our district's students AND educators!"

Erin Young,
Emerson Elementary School

Spring 2016 Grant Recipients

"Lowell School is truly appreciative of NEW 200 approving our Lowell Mobile Maker Spaces grant. We are very excited for this opportunity of sharing the new resources with the Lowell School students and seeing collaboration, creativity, and wonder that will take place because of this grant. Please thank the NEW 200 Board on behalf of our school."

Anne Marie McDonald, Mary Carlson, Karen Rood, and Dr. Melton
Lowell Elementary School

"On behalf of the Lincoln School students and staff, I would like to thank you so much for the grant we have received for the purchase of new iPads. We have been experimenting with a new green screen this spring, in conjunction with several research projects relating to social studies content in grades 4 and 5, and cannot wait to be able to do more with these new devices in the fall. Thanks again. We are thrilled!"

Debby Lawson,
Library Learning Center Director,
Lincoln Elementary School

"Thank you so much for your consideration and approval of my grant request. That is wonderful news!  This project will give Hawthorne students a wonderful opportunity to creatively expand their thinking and learning using technology. Thank you again. We appreciate all that the Student Excellence Foundation (formerly New 200) does to support teaching and learning!"

 Ashley Young,
Hawthorne Elementary School
“I and the all of the staff members of Pleasant Hill Elementary School are extremely excited to learn that my grant for a collaboration area in my LLC has been awarded by the Student Excellence Foundation. This flexible area will be a space where students will have access to low tech and high tech materials/equipment for creating, curating, designing, engineering, innovating, and critical thinking.  Furniture, collaborative presentation tools, technology, and materials have been selected for this area that support STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) and problem based learning activities.”

MaryBeth Collins,
Library Learning Center Director,
Pleasant Hill Elementary School


"Thank you so much for this great news!  Please confer my appreciation to the grants committee."

Barbara E. Anderson,
Longfellow Elementary School

"What a great way to start the week!!! Thank you so much for your generosity.  I am thrilled to implement a much needed curriculum plan next school year.  Can't wait to get started."
Theresa Rindt,
Sandburg Elementary School
"This note is met with great joy! Thank you very much for your consideration and work for making this possible! We are looking forward to help make this a positive experience for our students."
Sean Norris,
Wheaton Warrenville South HS
"Thank you so much!  This news is very exciting.  I can not wait to introduce the students at Whittier to new technology that will engage and excite them.  They are going to love it - I will post our progress for everyone in the community to see."
Lisa Zink,
Whittier Elementary School 
"Thank you so much from all of us at Jefferson. I can't wait to share this with the staff.  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!"

Mary Iffert,
Jefferson ECC

"Thank you very much! This is awesome to hear. We are very excited about this grant."

Kirsten Anderson,
Johnson Elementary School

"Thank you so much. I'm super excited!!"

Janet Heppe,
Hawthorne Elementary

Fall 2015 Grant Recipients 

"On behalf of my eighth grade language arts class at Hubble, thank you so much for considering and accepting my grant application. We are all looking forward to this opportunity to learn about a challenging time in world events outside of our classroom. Thanks again for your support of all the students and teachers of our community."

Edgie Quetua,
Hubble Middle School

"Thank you so much for funding Chromebooks for our classroom! We are so thrilled to have this opportunity to integrate technology to help our students collaborate, create, and grow. We look forward to continuing our partnership and sharing our results with you. Thank you again for your generosity."

Jenna Dorshorst and Anna Kim,
Franklin Middle School

"I wanted to thank the New 200 Foundation for their continued generosity helping our schools. My teachers were absolutely thrilled when they got the news about receiving their grants. We are grateful for your commitment to our students and teachers. Thank you!"
David Bendis,Principal

Franklin Middle School

"Thank you so much for accepting our proposal. We are thrilled to be getting materials to enhance our teaching with our very special students!"

Krista Petrilli and Kris Stoffels,
Jefferson ECC

"I cannot tell you how excited I am to receive this grant! Thank you so much for the opportunity to have my students explore coding and robotics. Thanks again!"

Taryn Parise,
Library Learning Center Director
Longfellow Elementary School

"Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! This is very exciting to have been chosen as a grant recipient. Arlene and I can't wait to get started. We look forward to giving you positive feedback at the end of the year. Your time in looking over the applications, and dedication to D200 students/teachers is greatly appreciated."

Lisa Doherty and Arlene Welninski,
Franklin Middle School

"Thank you! I am so excited for my students to get these resources. I am so excited to use dreambox. First grade has such wonderful things to say about it"

Katie Ekstrand,
Longfellow Elementary School

"Thanks for sending along the great news! South Science really appreciates the continued support of the New 200 Foundation. We will be sure to keep you up to date about the robotics team and the summer workshops. Thanks again for the good news."

Phil Culcasi,
Chemistry Teacher, Science Department Chair
Wheaton Warrenville South HS

"I want to thank you both on behalf of the Robotics Club.  This is a great program for our kids to participate in, but it is also very costly.  This grant will help tremendously.  The kids were very excited when I told them and would love to have you over for a demonstration as we get closer to our competitions.  Thank you again for this opportunity!"
Matt Scheffler,

Physics Teacher
Wheaton Warrenville South HS

"Hello! WOW! You just made my day! Thank you very much for this opportunity!"

Krista Lipnisky,
Washington Elementary School

“You can’t imagine how much your gift impacted our class--specifically its math instruction. We are so grateful and appreciative of your generous, generous decision to grant us the iPads. The only time they weren’t in use was during Screen Free week! Our achievement increased because of you. A million thanks”

Meg Bostrom,
Whittier Elementary School

"Great news! Thanks so much!"

Jacki Lopushonsky,
Lincoln Elementary School

"I am absolutely ecstatic! Thank you so very much for the effort that you and the entire committee has put into this selection. I am so very excited to think that iPads will soon be in my classroom for consistent use. I can't wait to implement technology more readily."

Barbara McPherson,
Whittier Elementary School

"Wow, thank you so much. I look forward to expanding my students growth using Chromebooks."

Becky Hanselman,
Sandburg Elementary School

"THANK YOU!!! I am SO excited for this opportunity!"

Melissa Sender
Pleasant Hill Elementary School