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Grainger donates to District 75 STEAM Foundation


Thanks to The Grainger Foundation, a new multi-media studio at Carl Sandburg Middle School (CSMS) is another step closer to reality.

The Grainger Foundation presented the District 75 STEAM Foundation $10,000 to continue paying for the construction and build-out of the studio. The plans for this project are to repurpose two classrooms inside the middle school and turn them into a functional television and audio recording studio.

It’s wonderful to have the support of the private sector for programs that directly enhance our children’s education,” said Nikki Earich, Chair of the District 75 STEAM Foundation. “Making new technology available to our middle school students provides them with opportunities they might not otherwise have until high school.”

The studio will be used for multiple programs, from music to broadcasting. Students and attendees of the winter and summer STEAM camps at CSMS will now have the opportunity to broaden their education and therefore, learn more about filmmaking, film scoring, audio recording, digital mixing, and much more. This expansion will help create more educational opportunities for D75 students, educators, and the Mundelein community.

The STEAM Foundation has sought out grants for the project over the last couple of years. The group previously received a donation from Medline, a local manufacturing company.  

About the Mundelein District 75 STEAM Foundation:

The Mundelein District 75 STEAM Foundation brings community leaders together in order to create vibrant, hands-on learning experiences that inspire children’s imaginations. The goal of the District 75 STEAM foundation is to provide unique hands-on, minds-on opportunities for D75 students, educators, and the Mundelein community that enrich Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math education with entrepreneurial experiences; empowering students as individuals and teams while impacting their college and future careers. The key is to captivate children’s imaginations at an early age with an engineering mindset that inspires them to persevere as lifelong learners and entrepreneurs that will solve the problems of the 21st century.

About The Grainger Foundation:

The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation, located in Lake Forest, Illinois, was established in 1949 by William Wallace Grainger, founder of W.W. Grainger, Inc., North America’s leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products.  Since its founding, the Foundation has provided substantive support to a broad range of organizations including museums and educational, medical, and human services institutions.