GEF Project Initiatives
The GEF Board of Directors works closely with District 35 officials to identify various possible initiatives that will best benefit students. The board evaluates these possibilities and selects projects that first, correlate with the organization’s mission and second, reside within its funding parameters. Technology is our current focus.
Why Outside Funding is Needed
District 35's budgets are heavily focused on personnel and capital outlay expenses, there is little room for the purchase of cutting edge technologies through existing revenue streams. The GEF has focused on several projects since it was created in 1996 with the sole mission of bridging the gap between what the district’s capital budgets allow and what our children need to enrich the classroom experience.
Some of the projects funded fully or in part by the GEF include:
- Central School Tech Lab
- Central School Climbing Wall
- SMARTBoard Technology in classrooms at South, West, and Central Schools
- Weather Station which provides live information accessible to the community through the district web page.
During the past several years, the GEF has allocated most of its funding to purchase SMART Technologies interactive whiteboards (SMARTboards). The GEF has provided 90 SMARTboards to date and have completed this project.
This past year, the GEF purchased 3 Tap-it Boards which have greatly assist and enhance the educational experience for District 35’s special needs classrooms. www.teachsmart.org/tapit/news.html
The GEF also provided a $25,000 grant with AT&T's assistance for teacher technology training.
The GEF has maintained a keen focus on providing new technologies and services to District 35 since 1996. The Tech lab at Central School and the portable sound system to the Glencoe Junior High Project are two more recent dedications. The GEF has also provided funding for dozens of extra-curricular clubs and activities such as mathematics, language, science and chess clubs, as well as student newspapers and magazines.