YORKVILLE – The Yorkville Educational Foundation presented a $4,600 check to the Yorkville School District 115 Board of Education during the school board's meeting on Monday, Aug. 19 at Yorkville High School.
Alicia Lingane, Yorkville resident and president of the foundation, said the money was raised through a recent golf outing the foundation hosted with the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department, which had 88 golfers. She said the money is meant to fund projects for special needs students in the district.
Lingane said the foundation is a nonprofit group that helps fund programs and ideas outside of the tax supported budget for Yorkville School District 115 and is meant to help all students and staff in the district.
"It’s a way to connect to our community and raising money and giving it out," Lingane said. "It was also a way for parents to connect with the district."
Lingane said one potential project the $4,600 could go toward is creating a vegetable garden for students with special needs to learn those skills and those vegetables could be used for school lunches. She said the foundation should have better idea of what exact project the money will go to by December or January.
Lingane said the foundation was established January 2015 but really didn’t start collecting money until July 2016 and started giving out money in November 2017. She said the donation marks $20,000 that the foundation has given to the school district community since then, which has helped fund projects like buying tablets used for English language learners and subsidizing ACT preparation scholarships at the high school.
Yorkville Schools Superintendent Tim Shimp said the foundation's existence had been a dream of his since he was a high school principal and it has taken a life of its own in the last couple of years. He said the school board receiving the $4,600 for students with special needs during the Monday, Aug. 19 meeting was fantastic.
"It just demonstrates the continued gratitude and hard work from our foundation over the years," Shimp said.