Alum pledges half-million for ETHS science labs
Evanston Township High School's Educational Foundation says the school has received a pledge of $500,000 toward construction of three new science, technology, engineering and mathematics labs.
The plege requires a $100,000 match from other private donors by June 30 next year.
The gift comes from Leonard Schaeffer, a 1963 ETHS grad who is the former chairmain of WellPoint, the nation's largest health benefits company.
The $600,000 is expected to cover the full cost of constructing the labs.
“The people I met and the education I received at ETHS led to opportunities that changed my life. The STEM labs should help provide similar experiences for current ETHS students,” Schaeffer is quoted as saying in a news release from the foundation.
The Foundation was established in 2005 to support ETHS with private funding for grants targeted to capital improvements.
In another effort to enhance science education at the school, Kristen Perkins, a member of Northwestern University’s office of STEM Education Partnerships starts this month in a newly created position as the NU/ETHS partnership coordinator.
She will support ETHS teachers in science, mathematics, and career and technology education piquing the interests of ETHS students in the STEM subjects. ETHS students will be among the first to benefit from innovations coming out of the University’s STEM research.
Pete Bavis, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction at ETHS, said, “We know that STEM education is at the heart of today’s global economy. This partnership will support our students in developing the critical-reasoning and problem-solving skills that will help make them productive citizens in the 21st century.”
The foundation will begin its fundraising campaign to match Schaeffer's pledge on Friday, Sept. 21, with the “Wildkit Golf Outing and Happy Hour Bash” at the Glenview Park Golf Club.
The event has raised $75,000 over recent years and funded major capital projects such as new labs at the ETHS ecology site, new curtains in the school auditorium, and most recently, wireless technology on campus.
New this year will be a hole-in-one contest sponsored by the Autobarn of Evanston. The first to get a hole-in-one will ride home in a sporty brand new Mazda Miata convertible. Tickets are $150 for Golf and Happy Hour, $50 for Happy Hour only ($80 per couple).
More information on the golf outing is available online.