Academic Foundation Works Hard at Providing the 'Extras'
Byline: Beth Bales
Geneva High School students evaluating their individual fitness status, in a world that stresses being fit for life.
Heartland Elementary School students observing life through the lens of a microscope.
Mill Creek Elementary School students taking a new look at the world, and art, with software that lets them get creative.
New materials for reading programs at all Geneva elementary schools.
And a MIDI workstation and computer that allows high school music students to make their own kind of music.
All of these scenarios - plus many more - were made possible by grants from the Geneva Academic Foundation, which in its more than 15 years has contributed much in brain-boosting extras to Geneva's public schools.
The group's annual fall gala - one of its primary fund-raisers - is Oct. 3 at Pipers Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora. Tickets are still available for "Reach for the Stars in the Hundred-Acre Wood." They are $75 each and include an open bar, dinner and dancing.
Many guests regard dinner as the appetizer to the main event: The auction, with a huge variety of items, such as restaurant gift certificates, tickets to sporting events and an opportunity to have the yard cleaned up before winter.
After having attended this event for many years, I think it's safe to say that you never know what will turn into a big-ticket, must-have winner. One year it was front-row seats for graduation. Last year bidding was unexpectedly spirited on a Viking fleece hat - complete with horns - from the Geneva Music Boosters.
Who knows what will catch the crowd's fancy this year? While members are still collecting offerings, some of the items available include traditional favorites: lighting the Christmas Tree on the courthouse lawn during the Geneva Chamber of Commerce Christmas Walk, and riding in a fire truck to help lead off the Swedish Days parade, come June. There will be rounds of golf, tickets to events, front-row seats for assorted school functions, jewelry and sports equipment.
Laurie Fujimoto of Geneva has donated a 70-by-70-inch quilt, "Oriental Magic," which features 13 kaleidoscope pinwheel blocks made from Asian-inspired fabrics in tones of navy, green, copper and cream, with metallic gold highlights.
Music Boosters-wear will be back, with the group offering two sets of Viking fleece hats, plus matching scarves and lap blankets. These sets will be unique, with the Viking logo, unlike the Boosters items sold at other locations.
Foundation members are working on a lunch with the high school coaching staff for younger children. Fund-raising chairman Eric Wagner and his wife are considering offering a margarita party, and another Geneva group (of which I am a member) plans to sponsor a cocktail party for perhaps 25 couples. …