District 113 school notes: State funds for DHS roof project
Updated: November 26, 2012 6:09AM
State funds for DHS roof project
District 113 was recently awarded $50,000 to cover some of the costs of its recent roof replacement at Deerfield High School.
During the past several years, District 113 has tried to complete some capital improvement projects with its current funding. Funds were budgeted to replace aging roofs at both Highland Park and Deerfield High schools.
“The maintenance of our buildings is really important,” said Andrea Johnson, District 113’s director of equity and grants. “We’re constantly looking for any monies that the government or other entities are offering to defray some of those costs and help maintain our buildings to the best of our ability.”
Johnson applied for the School Maintenance Program Grant in the spring of 2012. The District received the $50,000 grant this fall.
“It’s really exciting that we not only got the grant but the funds are here and in our hands already,” she said.
Last summer, as in previous summers, additional roofs at Deerfield High School were replaced. The building is now 90 percent complete. About 95 percent of roofs at Highland Park High School are new and do not need to be replaced for at least 10 years.
DHS Rummage Sale breaks records
Deerfield High School reported that its fourth annual Rummage Sale to help the homeless was a huge success this year.
Donations packed the cafeteria on Columbus Day weekend.
“There were enough items to cover every table in the café,” said Jeff Hoyer, DHS teacher and event organizer.
About 175 students, staff and parents spent the weekend collecting, sorting, pricing and selling items.
“Everyone was so very helpful and willing to roll up their sleeves to do whatever job came their way, and more importantly, they all seemed to enjoy what they were doing because they knew it was helping others,” Hoyer said.
This year’s rummage sale raised more than $18,000. Last year’s rummage sale took in $15,500. Two semi-trucks of leftovers were sent to six local charities to help additional area residents.
“We now have enough funds for students to build and furnish two homes for the homeless in Costa Rica,” Hoyer said.
As in past years, students will travel to Costa Rica during their Spring Break to build the homes for needy families.
DHS college counselors Beth Gilfillan and Kristen Thorburn will be hosting the school’s annual “Junior Student and Parent/Guardian Post-High School Planning Workshop” from 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 6 in the DHS auditorium.
Important information that will be shared includes: college search process and tips, senior year course considerations, meeting with the college counselor, college visits and testing, as well as an overview of the resources and programs available through the CCRC during junior and senior years.
A copy of the PowerPoint presentation will be distributed at the program. For those who cannot attend, the presentation will be available on the Counseling website under Parent Programs the day after the program has taken place.