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Forrestville Valley Education Foundation Thanks Members

October 07, 2019

The Forrestville Valley Education Foundation thanks members Dick Bennett and Andrew Garnhart for their years of service. Andrew Garnhart joined the Foundation Board in 2007, and Dick Bennett joined in 2010. Both served as treasurers during their time on the Foundation Board. The Forrestville Valley Education Foundation would also like to congratulate Barb Wells and Nick Gill for becoming members of the Foundation Board. Both members will serve three year terms.

The Forrestville Valley School Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization whose mission is to provide for the educational needs of the students in the Forrestville Valley School District #221. The major fundraiser for the organization is the Vedra Scramble for Education Golf Outing. The next golf outing will be scheduled for September 2020.


The Forrestville Valley School Foundation, at its October meeting, formally approved nearly $1,000 worth of innovative technology and curricular projects developed by district staff members. Once per year, the Foundation allows staff members of the Forrestville Valley School District to submit proposals to enhance an area of curriculum for students. The projects are for students in grades Pre-K – 12. Recent projects include:


  • STEM:  Creative and fun ways to enhance curriculum using STEM guidelines.
  • Curricular Materials and Books: Provide students with the resources they need to enhance learning in the classroom.


Recipients of the 2019 Grants are: Rod Genandt, Anne Guist, Dana Russell-Brown, Heather Scheisher, and Sarah Murdock.


The Foundation also awards scholarships to graduating seniors from Forreston High School each year, as well as provides support for district technology needs. In addition, the Foundation provides recognition funding for Project Lead the Way STEM programming, as well as recognition for Teacher of the Year.


Anyone is free to make a tax-free donation for any specific purpose. Donations have included memorial funds for special student scholarships, or funds for very specific items in the name of a loved one. Donations are accepted at any time and always appreciated.


For more information regarding the Forrestville Valley Education Foundation, please contact any of the current foundation board members or Superintendent Smith at (815) 938 - 2036.  Current Foundation Members include:


  • Mrs. Christina Bergin
  • Ms. Jen Birkholz Madden
  • Mrs. Michele Chenong
  • Mr. Monty Cotter
  • Mr. Brian Daws
  • Mrs. Michele Edler
  • Mr. Nick Gill
  • Mrs. Shawna Korf
  • Mr. Joel Ludwig
  • Mrs. Sheri Smith
  • Mrs. Barb Wells
  • Mr. Darrell Windle

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