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NU makes $120K gift to Evanston schools foundation

Foundation 65, the educational foundation for Evanston/Skokie School District 65, has received a gift totaling $120,000 from Northwestern University.

The gift, which will be disbursed over a three year period, will help continue to support infrastructure and operations.  Northwestern has previously provided support to Foundation 65 for strategic planning and salary for their first full-time executive director. 

“Northwestern’s generous gift allows us to continue to make a positive impact on education in our community” said Foundation 65 board president Patty Barbato, “Their support is a commitment to both public education and the Evanston/Skokie community.” 

Foundation 65 supports the schools of Evanston/Skokie by providing funds for programs that expand, enrich and complement educational opportunities.

By actively promoting involvement in public education from all segments of the community and raising and granting funds, Foundation 65 works to improve the quality of Evanston schools, the achievement of high standards, and the educational experience for all students.

Since 2003, Foundation 65 has invested over $350,000 in more than 50 projects and programs making an impact at every school in the district.

As a result of Northwestern’s investment, Foundation 65 is poised to make an even greater impact as it works to enhance and enrich the educational experience of all students. 

Over the past three years, Foundation 65 has been investing in programs that focus on arts and literacy that have the potential to scale up and affect as many students as possible over time.

In 2008, Foundation 65 began a pilot program called Advancing Literacy for All, designed to increase students’ ability to read and understand informational texts in science and social studies so they will be more successful in middle school and high school.

This program provides district wide professional development for teachers, as well as offering a direct, hands on learning experience for students.

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