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How Can BRIDGE Best Serve WCHS Faculty and Students?

 BRIDGE continues to communicate with the teachers, students and administrators of WCHS in order to discover how the foundation can be most beneficial. As the funding grows, BRIDGE can begin awarding money that will enhance the educational experiences of all  students.


What Are Some Possibilities?

WCHS faculty/staff and students can click on the link below to take a survey to learn about BRIDGE and tell us how we can best serve you all: https://forms.gle/qmUHrtEUeAXQ5tWe6 


 Schools/school districts all over the US have educational foundations, and right here in Central IL there are many that have been in place for 25+ years. BRIDGE looks to these other successful, self-sustaining, 501 (c)(3), non-profit foundations for guidance. Below are just a handful of examples of what awarded money can be used for in order to enhance the educational experiences of students across all levels of academic performance.

 Business/Journalism/CS Department

  • Studio equipment for hosting student-lead podcasts
  • Coding Takes Flight – Using Drones in Computer Science


Science/Social Science Department

  • Bio-engineering Brain-Machine Interface and Neuroscience Unit
  • Sustainable school garden
  • Greenhouse*
  • Abnormal Psychology Case Study Kits

Industrial Arts

  • Tools/equipment/machinery
  • 3D Printing | Vehicle Engineering Curriculum
  • Community business connections for hands-on experience in the trades

Math Department

  • Full STEAM Ahead with Sphero – Putting Math into Motion
  • Alg 2-In Business

Entrepreneurs

  • 'Pop-up shop' for students to learn to run a business or sell a product

Mental Health/Counseling Deptartment

  • Provide funding for service animals and/or art therapy
  • Guest speakers

Art Department

  • Studio photography equipment
  • Artist visits

English Department

  • Student literacy/art journal
  • Diversity library

Misc.

  • Student grants for those who need aid for application fees 
  • Virtual Reality devices + 700 virtual experiences
  • Rockclimbing wall
  • Pedaling to Success/Find Your Own Fitness
  • Culinary Program
  • Sensory room items for Life Skills program
  • Dyslexia Tool Kits

Education Foundations Can Help Provide 

Experiences Beyond The Classroom...

  • Mentorships (former students providing advice for different career paths)
  • Career Fairs (8th graders stepping-up/Freshman/Soph)
  • After-school program to learn about managing finances as a young adult

 *Normal Community High School via Beyond The Books Education Foundation

Making a (Green)house a Home

The goal of this grant is to provide a functional space that can be used by all students enrolled in the agrisicence program over time (approximately 275 per school year). This project will have direct impact on the achievement of students in agriscience program in various ways, including: access to a laboratory space, real-world experience in creating a business plan, marketing, sales, and financial statements, and to experience learned concepts of animal health and nutrition through a pig from the agriscience teacher's farm.