March 27, 2018
Light The Way Gala Event Tops $16,000
The Greenville Advocate: The third annual “Light The Way” Gala raised more than $16,000 to enhance educational programs in the BCCU2 School District. The gala, held on Saturday night at Copper Dock Banquet Center, attracted a crowd of about 240 people and included both silent and live auctions to sell items donated to benefit the district’s foundation. “This is an event that does great things for our schools,” said Don Dillon, president of the Academic Foundation, the sponsor of the event. “It has really turned into a community-wide effort.”... The live auction, conducted by Langham Auctioneers, featured more than 60 items. Though all the numbers weren’t finalized on Saturday night, Dillon estimated that the auctions raised more than $16,000. Ticket sales, foundation memberships, and other revenue sources were still being tabulated... After the auction, Olson told The Advocate: “This event will help us with the STEM initiative at the high school... This event also is a great opportunity for us to share with the community some of the things we’re doing in our district. Not every district has an event like this, and it is only possible because of the great support our communities provide for our schools.”...
March 25, 2018
3rd Foundation Gala A Big Success Saturday Night
WGEL Daily News: The third annual Bond County Community Unit 2 Academic Foundation “Light The Way” Gala was held Saturday night at the Copper Dock Banquet Center near Pocahontas. The event is the foundation’s main fundraiser with proceeds being used to fund teacher grants for projects in all Unit 2 schools that may not otherwise be possible through the district’s budget. Unit 2 Superintendent Wes Olson gave the audience an example of items made possible by foundation grants. A 3-D printer was on display at the gala which had been provided to the Greenville Jr. High through a grant. Olson said students were able to learn beyond traditional books and have hands-on experiences thanks to the foundation. Olson also announced the foundation had committed $10,000 to be used for a STEM lab at Bond County Unit 2 High School. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Don Dillon, president of the Academic Foundation, told WGEL the gala was another successful event. He said those in attendance were stakeholders and he appreciates the ownership that they have in the local schools. Organizers have announced that the silent and live auctions from Saturday’s Gala totaled over $16,000. That figure does not include ticket sales and other funds raised.
March 2, 2018
Academic Foundation Gala To Benefit Unit 2 Classrooms
WGEL Daily News: The Bond County Unit 2 Academic Foundation will host its third annual “Light the Way” Gala Saturday, March 24 at Copper Dock Winery near Pocahontas. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:00. Following the meal, a live auction will be held, featuring items such as [those which can be found on the Academic Foundation website’s Event Page].Silent auctions and a 50/50 drawing will also be held during the event... Live music will be provided at the Gala by the Chapman Brothers Acoustic Duo following the dinner and auction. Money raised through the “Light the Way” Gala will be used by the Bond County Unit 2 Academic Foundation to fund teacher grants for classroom projects in Greenville, Pocahontas, and Sorento Schools. In 2017, the Academic Foundation and Unit 2 School District partnered to fund over 40 grants to Unit 2 teachers, totaling over $22,000...
November 23, 2017
Unit 2 Board Meeting Held
The Greenville Advocate: The Bond County Community School District #2 monthly board meeting held Monday evening began with the recognition of Educational Excellence. Melissa Pierce was present to discuss the success of the Academic Foundation grants. Forty-nine requests for grants were submitted this year with a total of 40 being able to be funded... “We look forward to doing more in the future with the new funding model,” said Pierce. “The idea is to get more hands-on experiential things in the classroom for the kids that are supplemental to the curriculum,” she added. “The Academic Foundation has been a vital component of the education process here and has supported us in very tough times,” said Superintendent Dr. Wes Olson. “They have been dedicated in making sure our kids have opportunities and we appreciate that,” he added.
November 14, 2017
Over $22,000 in Teacher Grants Funded
The Bond County Unit 2 Academic Foundation awarded 26 teacher grants, totaling over $12,000, on Friday, November 10, during a district staff assembly.
Teachers are invited to apply for Academic Foundation grants each year, requesting money for projects and equipment purchases the Unit 2 School District is unable to fund through their budget. A committee reviews all applications and selects a number of projects to fund in the fall.
Giving the grant program an additional boost was the ability of the Unit 2 School District to fund 14 projects, totaling nearly $10,000, for a combined 40 classroom projects, exceeding $22,000.
“We ended up getting a little more federal money than what we had previously received and a component of our title grants is to go to students in need of help with reading and math,” Bond County Unit 2 Superintendent Wes Olson explained. “There were a number of the applications for teacher grants that would fall under that category, so we were able to use some of those extra funds we received on the federal level to purchase some of those grants that had been requested by teachers.”
The Academic Foundation may fund additional grants later in the current school year.
Individual grants awarded ranged from $52 to over $1,100 and will be used to fund classroom projects ranging from world history activity sets, books, and art supplies to fitness sets, CSI kits, and infant care baby simulators.
Grants were awarded to teachers in all Unit 2 schools in Greenville, Pocahontas, and Sorento.
A total of 49 grant requests were submitted this year. Individuals and organizations are invited to help fund additional teacher grants this school year. To learn more, contact Academic Foundation President Don Dillon at 618-664-9479.
Grants are funded by the Academic Foundation primarily through the group’s Annual Light the Way Gala. The 2018 event has been scheduled for Saturday, March 24 at Copper Dock Winery near Pocahontas and is sponsored by Bradford National Bank. A variety of additional sponsorships are available in connection with the event. Auction items are currently being collected for the gala. For more information on the Light the Way Gala, or to contribute an item for the auction, contact Academic Foundation Secretary Valerie Klenke at 618-367-5637.
For more information, visit the Bond County Unit 2 Academic Foundation at www.bccu2af.org. Auction items for the upcoming gala will be posted on the website closer to the event and donors can make contributions online.
Membership in the Academic Foundation is available beginning at the $25 giving level.
May 19, 2017
GHS Senior Awards, Academic Foundation Scholarship Recipients
WGEL Daily News: Greenville High School and the Bond County Unit 2 Academic Foundation recently held its annual senior academic awards program.... Winning local scholarships [awarded by the Academic Foundation] were Camden Wall, the Ralph and Audrey Broom Scholarship; Samantha Siefken, the Sara Cunningham Memorial Scholarship; Kayla Dannaman, the Jan Nevinger Memorial Scholarship; Ryan Hutchinson, the Art Bollinger Scholarship; Caleb Campbell, the Lester Harnetiaux Memorial Scholarship; Hanna Gaffner, the Roger and Mabel Riedemann Scholarship; and Logan Niehaus, Dotti Corn Memorial Scholarship... Principal Wendy Porter said the senior students have earned over $1.5 million in scholarships [including the 7 AF scholarships and at least 15 additional scholarships] for their future education.
The Greenville Advocate (May 16, 2017): The following students received scholarships from the Bond County Academic Foundation, from left to right: Ryan Hutchinson, Kayla Dannaman, Logan Niehaus, Hannah Gaffner, and Samantha Siefken. Camden Wall [pictured with AF representative]. Caleb Campbell. See WGEL article and Advocate SmugMug for more photos of award/scholarship winners.] Photos by Emily Lucia, Advocate staff writer.
May 11, 2017
Academic Foundation Gala A Success
WGEL Daily News: The Bond County Unit 2 Academic Foundation held their second annual Light the Way Gala earlier this spring. According to Academic Foundation Treasurer, Amanda Dussold, the event was a big success. Dussold said the gala generated just under $21,000 last year and just over $26,000 this year, for a 24% increase. Dussold and Foundation President Don Dillon said the foundation is putting an emphasis on funding the foundation’s endowment, with the goal of a self-sustaining source of teacher grant funds. Dussold and Dylan said naming opportunities are not just for scholarships…they also exist in regards to teacher grants. All teacher grants that are awarded are required to exceed twelve months in duration, ensuring that the funds and projects benefit several classes for years to come.
April 12, 2017
Foundation Announces Riedemann Scholarship
The Greenville Advocate: The B.C.C.U. #2 Academic Foundation has announced a new scholarship in honor of Mabel and Roger Riedemann. The Riedemann Scholarship is a four-year scholarship to be awarded to a Greenville High School senior who has been accepted and enrolled in a four year college or university. Preference will be given to those enrolled at Greenville University or the University of Illinois in the fields of Business, Finance, Agriculture, or Music Education... The $1,000 yearly scholarship will be awarded for the first time this spring to a 2017 graduate...
March 28, 2017
Gala Raises Funds To Aid Teachers, Students
The Greenville Advocate: More than 100 items - ranging from St. Louis Cardinal tickets, to steaks, to student artwork - were sold Saturday night at the second annual Light The Way Gala fundraising auction. Sponsored by the B.C.C.U. #2 Academic Foundation, the auction raised more than $16,000 to provide needed classroom resources for district teachers. “Fundraisers like this go straight to teachers and kids,” said Superintendent Wes Olson... Don Dillon, president of the academic foundation, said that the auction idea was first introduced last year, but already has proven to be a powerful tool to help teachers do their job better... At the beginning of the evening, the foundation unveiled its new logo. It consists of an image of a lighthouse surrounded by a half circle of people holding hands... The logo was created by Emma Nord, an eighth grader at GJHS. In the live auction portion of the program, 63 items were sold. The silent auction featured 48 items...
March 27, 2017
2nd Foundation Gala A Big Success Saturday Night
WGEL Daily News: The second annual Bond County Community Unit 2 Academic Foundation “Light The Way” Gala was a big success Saturday night. A large crowd of Unit 2 supporters attended the event at the Copper Dock Winery, north of Pocahontas. The gala is designed to raise money to support teachers and students in the district. Don Dillon, president of the foundation, was extremely pleased with the generosity of Unit 2 residents.... The auctions held during the gala raised over $16,000. Dillon said a complete financial report will be forthcoming. During the gala, a new logo was unveiled for the Academic Foundation. It was created by Emma Nord, an eighth grade student at Greenville Jr. High School.
March 7, 2017
INTERVIEW: Academic Foundation Gala
WGEL Daily News: The Bond County Unit #2 Academic Foundation will host its second annual Light the Way Gala on Saturday, March 25 at the Copper Dock Winery. Proceeds from the event will fund teacher grants for classroom projects in all Bond County Unit #2 schools. Click below to hear Ryan Mifflin’s full interview with Academic Foundation board members Laura Wall and Ashley Driemeyer about the upcoming gala.
March 2, 2017
Second Annual “Light The Way” Gala
WGEL Daily News: The Bond County Unit 2 Academic Foundation will host its second annual Light the Way Gala Saturday, March 25 at Copper Dock Winery near Pocahontas. Following the meal, a live auction will be held, featuring items such as [those which can be found on the Academic Foundation website’s Event Page]. Silent auctions will also be held during the event... Live music will be provided at the Gala by Taylor Steele and Shane Danosky. Money raised through the Light the Way Gala will be used by the Bond County Unit 2 Academic Foundation to fund teacher grants for classroom projects in Greenville, Pocahontas, and Sorento Schools. In 2016, the Academic Foundation awarded 24 grants to Unit 2 teachers, totaling nearly $20,000....
January 24, 2017
Bradford National Bank Double Platinum Sponsor for “Light The Way” Gala
WGEL Daily News: Bradford National Bank continues its tradition of supporting local organizations and events, with its double platinum sponsorship of the Bond County Unit #2 Academic Foundation “Light the Way” Gala. BNB Bank president and CEO Doug Stroud said, “As a long-time supporter of the Academic Foundation, we believe it is important to continue to invest in the youth of our county. Not only do we support the mission of the Academic Foundation, but have awarded $58,000 in academic scholarships to high school seniors.” Stroud added, “This year, in honor of our 150th anniversary, Bradford National Bank is upping the scholarship amount to $1,150.” Information to apply for the scholarship is available on the bank’s website at www.BradfordBank.com....