Danville makes recognition permanent for donors to education

Danville makes recognition permanent for donors to education

DANVILLE — Each year, the Danville Public School Foundation provides thousands of dollars in programs and grants to enhance local students' educational experiences.

Now foundation officials have a permanent place to recognize the people that made that possible.

They will unveil the foundation's Donor Appreciation Wall at a dedication ceremony at Danville High School on Nov. 8. The event begins at 6 p.m., and the dedication will take place at 6:15 p.m.

The project was made possible through a donation from the Julius W. Hegeler II Foundation.

"Every donation is important and has made a difference in the lives of our students throughout the district," said Bob Richard, the foundation's executive director. "This is our way of thanking the many businesses, organizations, groups and individuals who have contributed."

Made by Trigard, the 8 -foot tall by 13-foot-wide bronze and aluminum donor wall will be located in the high school's main hallway just outside of the Dick Van Dyke Auditorium. It includes 179 individually engraved plaques and more than 200 engraved names of donors.

Donors who contributed up to $350 will see their name engraved on a community plaque.

Those who donated more than $350 will be honored with an individually engraved plaque, varying in size depending on the donation amount.

Donors who contributed between $25,000 and $100,000 will have their photo on their plaque. And donors who contributed more than $100,000 will have an 8-inch by 10-inch color photo of themselves on their plaque.

"We've attempted to go back to the time that the foundation was formed in 1989," Richard said, adding that unfortunately, some of the donor records don't exist anymore.

The project also will incorporate the district's 11 schools and a large mural featuring local watercolor artist Amy Chrisman's giclee print of Danville High School as seen from the football field, Richard said.

Foundation officials said they've wanted to do the project for a while. They were finally able after Superintendent Mark Denman offered the location and the Hegeler Foundation, through Hegeler and Lois Wise, agreed to sponsor the wall.

"That's on top of the $250,000 donation that he's already given the foundation," Richard said.

The foundation is a tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation that is governed by a board of private citizens and operated independently of the Danville school district. Its mission is to seek private donations to support new and creative educational programs in the school district beyond those supported by tax dollars.

Each year, the foundation awards grants to teachers to develop unique educational opportunities for their students. That's allowed teachers to buy new technology including document cameras and electronic readers, do activities relating to helping the environment and decrease bullying and do programs related to the arts.

"The last two years, we've been able to award $60,000 in grants and programs, and we've already provided $11,000 this school year," Richard said.

The public may attend the unveiling. But they must call the foundation office at 444-1044 by Tuesday.

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