The Board of Directors of Evanston Township High School’s fundraising unit has identified three major projects for next year’s campaign that are designed to set the school even further apart from its peers.
In order of funding priority, the initiatives include a 3-D design and ceramics studio for the Visual Arts Department, upgrading the acoustics in music rehearsal rooms, and establishment of a “theory center” that would help chem-phys students collaborate with scientists around the world.
Although estimates for the three projects exceed a half million dollars, Executive Director Fran Caan is optimistic that the goal will be met, given that the foundation successfully funded in the last year or two such major projects as planetarium renovations, an advanced manufacturing lab, and the creation of STEM labs at the school.
Typically, the foundation raises some $700,000 to $900,000 a year for capital projects, according to recently retired ETHS chief financial officer William Stafford. These funds come mostly from highly successful alumni of the school who credit their high school experience for their success in a number of fields.
This year, the fundraising campaign will be launched September 9 with the Eighth Annual Wildkit Golf Outing and Happy Hour Bash” at the Canal Shores Golf Course, 1030 Central St.
The 3-D design and ceramics studio will provide flexible space for students to move through the studio with ease to brainstorm, collaborate, design, and build.
The increased footprint, according to Caan, will allow for individual “wheel-throwing” stations and more hand-building space that increases the opportunities and ideas for artwork.
Music room acoustics would be enhanced by installation of sound panels in each of the four music rooms for the choir, orchestra, band, and jazz ensembles.
The panels, designed to absorb sound, would be installed along the perimeters of the rooms, resulting in lower, more appropriate decibel levels for a safer environment for students and teachers, according to Caan.
Although third on the priority list, the chem-phys theory center, that would cost about $250,000 to construct, would accommodate meetings with students and scientists at other institutions the world over, Caan says.
“The new space is intended for introspection, study, and learning,” she adds, “while offering students the ability to engage in live blogging and face-time discussions with classrooms in other countries.”