TONICA — With the state’s penchant for financial uncertainty, groups providing additional support to their community’s schools have become increasingly important components of local educational success. One such group, the Tonica Grade School (TGS) Foundation, is looking for three new members to join its cause.
The TGS Foundation’s two main goals are to provide support which enhances the opportunities for both teachers and students in a way which encourages academic and social success and to promote community support for the school.
The foundation raises funds through various community events and then awards grants for different educational supplies, field trips and assemblies. The group works with the Parent Teacher Council, principal, teachers and other groups to identify where they can provide the most support.
“We’d like people interested in giving back to the school and community. They don’t necessarily have to have children in the district either. We have a lot of members who are grandparents or are parents whose children are now in high school or college, but still want to help give back to TGS because they provide such a great foundation for our kids,” TGS foundation vice chairman LeeAnn Johnson said.
Johnson said the foundation’s main goal is to provide educational materials for the teachers who might go above and beyond what their initial classroom funds can provide.
“Instead of them having to purchase things, we give them the chance to present to us their wish list. Then we look over the requests for great educational opportunities. It’s a great job because we get to give them the money to buy their supplies for our kids,” Johnson said.
From 2004 through 2016, the foundation has awarded more than $29,000 toward projects to improve the educational experience for Tonica’s students and staff. In 2016 alone the foundation awarded $10,800 to purchase two Promethean Boards, the interactive whiteboards which allows teachers to project images from a laptop or a computer and then interact with the displays through touch or specialized pens.
For more information on the TGS Foundation, visit the school’s website at www.tonicagradeschool.org or call Johnson at 815-257-8448.