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Press Releases, Announcements, other Publicity about the B.C.C.U. #2 Academic Foundation

  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 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.

2017 Academic Foundation Teacher Grant recipients.

  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.

2017 Academic Foundation Scholarship recipients, from left to right: Ryan Hutchinson, Kayla Dannaman, Logan Niehaus, Hannah Gaffner, and Samantha Siefken. 2017 Academic Foundation Scholarship recipient, Camden Wall. 2017 Academic Foundation Scholarship recipient, Caleb Campbell.

  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.

New Foundation logo unveiled, 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

  March 20, 2016

Preliminary Total Shows Over $16,000 Raised At First Academic Foundation Gala

WGEL Daily News: The gala was a sold-out affair and included a large live and silent auction.

  January 29, 2016

Anonymous Donors Fund Bond County Community Foundation Awards To Local Organizations

WGEL Daily News: Checks in a total of $42,500 were presented to seven Greenville charitable groups.

Supporting Educational Opportunities is Tax Deductible!

B.C.C.U. #2 Academic Foundation is a 509(a)(1) organization as determined by the IRS. Contributions are tax deductible.