Academy Successes

Check out the list of Academy Needs below from which our generous community partners have fulfilled!  

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  UTC Aerospace Systems Product Engineer, Kimberly Callan, generously responded to Roosevelt's need for snow sculpting materials by making a personal donation to purchase needed tools and arranging an employer match by UTC Aerospace Systems. Roosevelt's snow sculpting team was most appreciative! Click here for a photo of this year's team and their work with their newly acquired tools!

Auburn High School Capstone student, Brad Foster, presented to SwedishAmerican Foundation about his Capstone project which involved research into a new method for treating non-small cell lung cancer. To help him do the research, SwedishAmerican sponsored the purchase of a protein analyzer (silencing ribonucleic acid), which destroys all of a single protein in a cell. The product costs about $400. Click here to see them purchasing the protein analyzer. Click here to read more about Brad's project. 


Chief Michael Dalke with the Rockford Police Department, and Alignment Rockford Operating Board member, answered a call for community assistance with an interdisciplinary crime scene project at Guilford High School during the first 2 weeks of April. The project aligned with curriculum in Math, English, Chemistry, Biology, and Theater classes. Chief Dalke recruited several detectives and investigators from the Rockford Police Department to spend several days walking students through real-world crime scene investigation techniques. Read more from the RPS blog. Check out this RPS video showcasing the project. 


  Thanks to the work of two Academy Support Team members at Jefferson High School, Media Production students have had two project-based case learning experiences. Kathy Olson with Crusader Community Health wrote a grant to Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation to sponsor three public service announcements produced by students on oral and dental health. Click to view.  Ashley Burks with United Way of Rock River Valley commissioned the students to produce a documentary on the Midtown District as part of the Strong Neighborhoods Series. 
  Chet Parker with the Rockford Park District, and Alignment team member, provided supplies and designed and built raised garden beds for Roosevelt High School. The raised beds will be used in a school wide project across all Academies involving a farm to table theme.
  Becky Costello with Rasmussen College, and an Academy Support Team member as well as a College & Career Readiness Council member helped to secure a donation from Rasmussen College to provide Roosevelt High School with 150 thumb-drives to assist students in saving pertinent information such as resume, cover letter, and student portfolio work. This will help the Seniors who, once they graduate, will need to have access to update their resume, so having it on a memory device will make a big difference for them. Click to view.
  Home Depot has been a great partner to Guilford High School often donating additional supplies with their orders to support student projects and storing their lumber for them until they are ready to use it.
  Habitat for Humanity in Rockford is working with Guilford High School's Orientation to Construction classes which are building the pre-fabricated walls for a home this year to be assembled for a Rockford family. They are working to arrange a partnership where next year's Construction class (3rd year), will go offsite to assemble a Habitat for Humanity home including, electrical, plumbing, etc. Click to read more
  Rockford Fire Department worked with a Guilford High School student who designed banners for the Fird Department providing a work-based learning opportunity for the student as well as an addition to his resume. Click to view the banners