Lincoln-Way Foundation donates over $5K to Lincoln-Way Transition Program
Monday, December 18, 2017

On Tuesday, December 12, 2017, Lincoln-Way Foundation Director Bob Kennedy presented the Lincoln-Way Transition Program with a check for $5,670. Director of Special Services, Mary Harrison, and Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Tim Reilly, stood with students of the Transition Program to accept the donation.

Attendees of the 2017 Lincoln-Way Foundation Dinner Gala, hosted at the end of October, raised the funds via personal cell phones with the help of mobile bidding technology. Kennedy explains, “We partnered with the Gesture website that night so that people could donate funds via their cell phones during the ‘Make an Impact’ portion of the live auction.” Two large screens were visible to audience members as they bid on various items including furniture, memorabilia, and event tickets.

The donation will provide the students of the Transition Program with equipment to create a “Chat and Break” area, individual study/computer carrels, student-centered work stations, and seminar tables to create post-secondary learning environments.

Mary Harrison says, “We are extremely grateful for the continued support of the Lincoln-Way Foundation. Since its inception four years ago, the Lincoln-Way Transition Program has experienced tremendous growth. With that growth, comes the need for change. This donation will allow for the updates and modifications that will assist us in providing effective services to better meet the needs of our students.”

The Lincoln-Way Transition Program is a district program designed to meet the individual needs of students receiving special education services, who have met their graduation requirements but continue to need more intensive instruction in the area of transition. The program provides academic, daily living, social/emotional, self-care and vocational skill development. Students benefit from the functional, hands-on instruction and meaningful life skills experiences in a natural setting.

Kennedy says, “The Foundation is thrilled to be able to support such a wonderful Lincoln-Way program. We are always impressed by the generosity of our Foundation Gala guests, and this year was no exception! We look forward to seeing the many benefits these funds have on the students of the Lincoln-Way Transition Program.”